Box Office: ‘One Direction: This is Us’ Takes ‘The Butler’s Throne

By Will Ashton

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After two weeks of glory, The Butler was dethroned by the boy-band sensation One Direction, as their concert documentary, One Direction: This is Us, took the number one spot this weekend.

Earning a soft $17 million, the film is expected to take in $20 million by the end of the Labor Day weekend. With a budget of $10 million, it’s safe to say that the concert film is in the clear.

The biggest surprise of the weekend, however, is the unexpected power of Instructions Not Included, which opened in fifth place with $7.5 million. The Spanish-language comedy was only in 347 locations, which makes it one of the best per-theater averages of the year.

The other new releases for the week were not as lucky. Getaway opened in ninth place, earning a slim $4.5 million. Considering the fact that the movie only has a 2% on Rotten Tomatoes right now, and that the marketing for the film was fairly slim despite its rising star Selena Gomez, it’s not really a surprise.

Also opening on Wednesday this week was Closed Circuit, which earned $2.5 million. I know very little about this movie, other than it’s a thriller and that Eric Bana is in it. So I guess that’s all we’ll talk about it. Also, Grandmaster expanded this weekend and brought in $2.4 million.

Meanwhile, The Butler opened in the second spot this weekend, only dropping 11% as it earned $14.7 million, making its grand domestic total $74 million thus far.

With that, we officially end the summer movie season and begin our way into fall next weekend. Starting off the fall movie season is Riddick, along with the documentary Salinger in limited release. I guess it’s safe to say that that’s going to be the number one movie, but by how much? Do people really care about Riddick? We’ll have to see.

Check out the full box office below:

1.  One Direction: This Is Us  $17,000,000  $17
2.  The Butler  $14,742,000  $74
3.  We’re The Millers  $12,610,000  $109.5
4.  Planes  $7,756,000  $70.8
5.  Instructions Not Included  $7,500,000  $7.5
6.  Elysium  $6,300,000  $78.4
7.  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones  $5,200,000  $22.6
8.  The World’s End  $4,759,000  $16.56
9.  Getaway  $4,505,000  $4.5
10.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters  $4,425,000  $54.9
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