This weekend's box office battle will be fought between a superhero and a butler. 

"Kick-Ass 2" racked up a handsome $1.3 million in its Thursday night debut, but Lee Daniels' prestigious all-star "The Butler, which opens today, will put up a good fight for the No. 1 slot this weekend.

Both films are expected to earned somewhere n the $18  million - $20 million range.

2010'2 "Kick-Ass" debuted to $19.8 million on its way to earning nearly $100 million worldwide on a budget of approximately $30. The new film is also based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., and features returning stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Grace Moretz, plus newcomer Jim Carrey.

A handful of other new films are opening today as well, including the Ashton Kutcher-as-Steve Jobs film "Jobs," and the thriller "Paranoia," starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard and Harrison Ford. Neither film is likely be a contender for the top spot, however. 
Meanwhile, last weekend's top two earners -- the Matt Damon sci-fi film "Elysium" and the comedy "We're the Millers"  -- will likely continue to do well in their second weekend of play. 

Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.