It also means "The Butler" will open to roughly the same weekend take as DreamWorks' 2011 civil rights drama
Will "The Butler," which tracks the life of an African American man who worked for 34 years as a White House butler, have the same staying power as "The Help"?
These disciples will also be likely to spread the word, as opening night audiences surveyed by market research firm CinemaScore gave the movie an "A" grade. With no other high-profile movies geared toward adults opening in the late-August, early-September multiplex wasteland, "The Butler" should have grown-ups all to themselves until the leaves start to turn.
If the movie can replicate the commercial success of "The Help," it could become, like its predecessor, an awards-season player. "The Help" won four Oscar nominations, including picture and acting nods for
Reviews for "The Butler," like "The Help," have been mixed. "The Butler" has a 66 score at the movie-review aggregator site Metacritic. "The Help" earned a 62. But Oscar whisperer
"Brilliantly truthful ... dabs of raucous comedy and wild exuberance! The genius of the film lies in the sly and self-assured way it connects public affairs to private experience."
That the movie's private experience comes almost entirely from the perspective of African American characters separates "The Butler" from past Oscar-friendly dramas, including "The Help." When Daniels' movie screened last Sunday afternoon at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, it won loud ovations from a crowd that stayed for a post-screening Q&A with director Daniels, writer
The applause continued at Sunday screenings for the