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9/1/2013 (1 year ago)

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'The Butler' comes in at close second

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock first gained notice for his documentary on the effects of fast food in "Super Size Me," where he ate nothing but McDonald's food, suffering all the attendant health problems as a result. Spurlock lightened up with his new documentary on the boy band One Direction, and the result was box office gold. "One Direction: This is Us" topped the charts this Labor Day weekend.

Opening overseas, 'One Direction' grossed $14.5 million from 53 markets, including a No. 1 debut in the United Kingdom with $5.7 million.

Opening overseas, "One Direction" grossed $14.5 million from 53 markets, including a No. 1 debut in the United Kingdom with $5.7 million.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/1/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: One Direction, The Butler, Labor Day weekend box office, movies


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While Spurlock's concert documentary clearly won the three-day weekend with $17 million. However, Lee Daniels' historical drama "The Butler" about a White House servant could still beat it for the four-day holiday.

"One Direction" shouldn't worry. Spurlock's 3D concert film about the British pop group is on course to score one of the best Labor Day openings of all time. Only costing a modest $10 million to make, the movie is a much needed win for Sony.

Opening overseas, "One Direction" grossed $14.5 million from 53 markets, including a No. 1 debut in the United Kingdom with $5.7 million.

"The Butler" could still narrowly beat "One Direction" in the U.S. for the official four-day holiday weekend. "The Butler," grossing $14.7 million for the Friday to Sunday has become the first film of 2013 to come in No. 1 three weekends in a row. "The Butler's" projected domestic gross through Sunday is an impressive $78.7 million.

"One Direction" is produced by Spurlock and Simon Cowell, who assembled the boy band of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson after the musicians appeared as solo acts on the U.K.'s "The X Factor."

"One Direction" is a needed shot in the arm for the music documentary genre. The concert documentary genre reached a low in July 2012 with the $7.2 million debut of Katy Perry concert "Part of Me." A high was set in 2008 when Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana concert film "Best of Both Worlds" opened to $31 million, while Justin Bieber's concert doc "Never Say Never" debuted to $29.5 million IN February 2011.

There were some genuine surprises this weekend with Lionsgate and Pantelion's Spanish-language comedy "Instructions Not Included." Onscreen in only 347 theaters, the film is holding at No. 5 with a three-day opening of $7.5 million and stellar four-day debut of $9.3 million-plus.

One unmitigated bomb - "Getaway," starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, actually never got started with an estimated three-day gross of $4.5 million and four-day gross of $5.5 million. One of the worst reviewed films of all time, it serves as a reminder that name talent doesn't always translate to big-screen success.

The top ten list for the Labor Day weekend went down like this:

1. "One Direction: This Is Us"
2. "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
3. "We're the Millers"
4. "Planes"
5. "Elysium"
6. "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"
7. "The World's End"
8. "Getaway"
9. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters"
10. "Blue Jasmine"


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