A trio of counterprogramming wide releases, led by Sony-Screen Gems' Y/A adaptation "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," with an estimated $14.1 million in five days, were no match for "Lee Daniels' The Butler," which fell a scant 31% in its second weekend, for a projected $17 million through Sunday. The Weinstein Co.-distributed pic has cumed north of $52 million and counting.

Despite the lack of sizable-grossing openers, the domestic box office continued its year-over-year streak, up approximately 15% over 2012.

Focus Features' apocalyptic-themed spoof comedy "The World's End" did its best to keep the overall momentum going; the film debuted with a solid $8.9 million from only 1,549 theaters. By comparison, "City of Bones," which bowed at more than twice that many locations, grossed a modest $9.3 million Friday-Sunday. Sony launched the teen girl-targeted film midweek hoping to attract teens still on summer break.

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Also bowing this weekend, Lionsgate's horror pic "You're Next" grossed a meager $7.1 million in three days. Pic likely was affected adversely by coming after the summer's previous horror offerings, "The Purge" and "The Conjuring."

Like with "The Butler," which is satisfying a summer-long drought of adult-skewing dramas, Sony Pictures Classics' "Blue Jasmine" expanded to more than 1,200 screens this weekend, grossing a solid estimated $4.3 million. The Woody Allen pic has grossed so far nearly $15 million domestically.

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In limited release, Cinedigm's SXSW festival winner "Short Term 12" averaged a decent $15,034 from four locations in New York and L.A. The distrib plans to expand the film into the top 25 U.S. markets during the next few weeks.


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