Box office: 'Mortal Instruments' edges out 'World's End,' but 'The Butler' stays on top

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"The Butler" has held onto its top spot at the box office for the second straight week, going to show that positive reviews, an incredible cast and the presence of Oprah Winfrey are all good things. Even a teen-book franchise and the summer's best-reviewed comedy couldn't dethrone the champ.

With $17 million in additional ticket sales over the weekend, "The Butler" has reached a $52.3 million haul at the box office. This gave the Lee Daniels film a healthy win over the second place entry, "We're the Millers," which earned $13.5 million in its third week of release.

You have to drop down to third place to get a new release. "The Mortal Instruments" narrowly edged out fellow newbie "The World's End" for third place. The adaptation of a young-adult book series -- and next "Twilight" wannabe -- earned $9.3 million for the weekend. Meanwhile "The World's End," Edgar Wright's comedy about growing older and fighting aliens, earned $8.9 million for fourth place.

Slasher-horror film "You're Next" managed only seventh with $7.1 million.

The remaining slots in the top 10 went to returning films:

1. "The Butler," $17 million
2. "We're the Millers," $13.5 million
3. "The Mortal Instruments," $9.3 million
4. "The World's End," $8.9 million
5. "Planes," $8.6 million
6. "Elysium," $7.1 million
7. "You're Next," $7.1 million
8. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," $5.2 million
9. "Blue Jasmine," $4.3 million
10. "Kick-Ass 2," $4.3 million

Although these numbers are not impressive on their own, this is traditionally a quiet weekend at the box office. The grosses from the top 12 films this year actually beat those from last year by more than 10 percent.

For independent films, "The Grandmaster" was the clear winner with $132,259 in ticket sales at seven theaters. "Short Term 12" and "Therese" followed with $55,000 and $21,040, respectively.

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