Despite the poor reviews, Lee Daniels’ The Butler snagged the top spot at the box office with a $25 million-opening weekend.
The $30-million movie has generated Oscar buzz for the Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Actress. Lee Daniels directed Forest Whitaker, as real-life White House butler Eugene Gaines and Oprah as Gloria Gaines, a middle-aged alcoholic and wife of Eugene. The Butler may have also struck a chord with an older audience that experienced firsthand the historical moments in the movie. Shadow and Act details an experience with an older black woman predicting the success of the movie.
Oprah states that she loves that “the youngins get to see and understand how their ‘crowns’ were paid for.” Noting that “all kids need to learn about Freedom Riders,” portrayed in-part by Yaya Dacosta-Alafia and David Oyelowo.
Oprah, who has seen the movie six times already, noted that the second week numbers are just as important as the first and has urged her Twitter followers to see the movie in its second week.
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