For the second weekend in a row, "The Butler" starring Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr, and many others, easily won the weekend with an estimated $17 million in ticket sales. That brings its gross revenue to more than $52 million. Experts say the film is well on the way to $100 million.
The success of the film, which was directed by Lee Daniels, has been credited to strong reviews, positive word-of-mouth via social media, and great timing as this weekend marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington.
In the film, Forest Whitaker stars as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who works as a butler for 34 years in the White House and eyewitnesses many notable events of the 20th century. Oprah Winfrey stars as Gloria Gaines, Cecil's wife. Terrence Howard stars as Howard, the Gaines' neighbor who romantically pursues Gloria. And Cuba Gooding, Jr. stars as Carter Wilson, the fast-talking head butler at the White House who becomes a longtime friend of Cecil's.
Here's a picture of a scene with Terrence Howard and Oprah: