Director Lee Daniels has served up a big hit at the U.S. box office with The Butler - the drama has debuted at number one with a $25 million (£16.6 million) opening weekend.

The film, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, has beaten the Kick-Ass sequel to the top spot by almost $12 million (£8 million), according to studio estimates.

Other new releases, Jobs and Paranoia, lag behind with $6.7 million (£4.5 million) and $3.5 million (£2.3 million), respectively.

Paranoia, which features Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford, has actually recorded the year's top opening flop so far, yielding a woeful $1,423 (£949) per-theatre average.

The film is the worst wide opening weekend of Ford's career.