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‘Butler’ does it at the movies with No. 1 opening

Oprah Winfrey plays Gloria Gaines, left, and Forest Whitaker is Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler," the No. 1 movie of the weekend. (Weinstein Company)
Oprah Winfrey plays Gloria Gaines, left, and Forest Whitaker is Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler," the No. 1 movie of the weekend. (Weinstein Company)
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“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is serving up success at the box office. Starring Forest Whitaker as a longtime White House butler and Oprah Winfrey as his boozy wife, the Weinstein Co. biopic debuted in the top spot with $25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. But the weekend’s three other major new releases, including the action romp “Kick-Ass 2,” failed to find traction with fans. “We expected to do well, but we didn’t expect to ...


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