Movie Power Rankings is typically dominated by superheroes, space rangers and supernatural creatures, but this week the top spot goes to the Oprah-powered historical drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Despite schedule changes, a last-minute title revision and some right wing backlash, the film kicked all of its competition -- including "Kick-Ass 2"and "Jobs" -- to the curb in its $25 million opening weekend at the U.S. box office, and there's already some early Oscar buzz for Winfrey and star Forest Whitaker.
As for the rest of this week's list...
August 21, 2013
1. "The Butler" (Last week: Not ranked)
"The Butler 2," anyone?
2. "Ant-Man" (Last week: Not ranked)
Will Edgar Wright cast his "The World's End" buddy Simon Pegg as the tiny/giant Marvel superhero? Or is Pegg just daydreaming?
3. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (Last week: Not ranked)
Some new images feature Biilbo (Martin Freeman) and his elven pals, newbie Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and your old pal Legolas (Orlando Bloom).
4. "Star Wars" (Last week: No. 5)
The latest rumor posits that the film will hit theaters in December of 2015. Not May, but December. Will the force still be with the series if it opens in the winter? Also, Ewan McGregor is rumored to be returning as Obi-Wan Kenobi, presumably in ghost form.
5. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (Last week: Not ranked)
Is the villainous Sinister 6 coming sooner than we expected? Check out these new photos for a possible answer.
6. "The Stranger"
J.J. Abrams loves his secrets. But what's the scoop on his latest mystery project? We're guessing it's not an adaptation Albert Camus's book of the same title.
7. New York Film Festival (Last week: Not ranked)
The lineup for the prestigious event has been unveiled and features such anticipated titles as "Inside Llewyn Davis," "The Invisible Woman" and "The Wind Rises."
8. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Last week: Not ranked)
The latest big screen adventure featuring the cowabunga crew has been pushed back two months in order to let "Transformers 4" dominate the summer 2014 box office for a while longer.
9. "The Twilight Zone" (Last week: Not ranked)
"Oblivion" director Joseph Kosinski is about to enter The Remake Zone.
10. "Thor: The Dark World" (Last week: No. 8)
International fans will get to see the latest Marvel sequel one week earlier than U.S. audiences. There's no word on when the film will open in Asgard.
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2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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