There's something thematically appropriate about a movie telling the story of a butler who quietly influenced the United States taking the number one spot at the box office over its flashy, bigger rivals. Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' took multiplexes by storm this weekend, taking down last week's competition as well as a handful of seemingly strong newcomers.
Hollywood has a history of similar, if not identical projects going head-to-head. A Kurt Russell-starring Wyatt Earp film faced off with a Kevin Coster-starring version in the early '90s. Oliver Stone's Alexander the Great movie killed Baz Luhrmann's. Outside of the biopic realm, Pixar's 'Finding Nemo' and DreamWorks' 'Shark Tale' were released in suspiciously close proximity. The trend continues this year, with two Snow White films hitting theaters and two Steve Jobs biopics entering production. One of the Steve Jobs movies recently hired Aaron Sorkin to pen the script. The other stars Ashton Kutcher will go before the cameras in June and already has an official site.