'The Butler' Delivers Again, Overshadows 1D
By ROBERT PACE
September 02, 2013
The historical drama Lee Daniels' The Butler continued its dominance atop the box office this holiday weekend, overshadowing the opening of One Direction's concert film One Direction: This Is Us.
The Butler, in which Oprah Winfrey holds her first film role since the 1998 film Beloved, earned an estimated additional $20 million domestic over Labor Day weekend, augmenting its gross domestic total to $79.3 million.
Finishing a close second behind The Butler was British boy band One Direction's 3D concert film This Is Us, which tallied $18 million domestic during the four-day weekend, its first weekend in wide-release.
While it couldn’t dethrone The Butler from its three-weekend reign atop the box office, This Is Us was one of two box-office newcomers to experience any real success this weekend.
Raking in a surprisingly large stash of ticket sales this weekend was the Spanish-language comedy film Instructions Not Included, starring Eugenio Derbez, which finished at No. 5 in box-office debut with $10.3 million over the holiday weekend.
The Lionsgate film's opening is particularly impressive given its limited release, as it was only shown in 347 theaters, nearly one-tenth of the release of the popular comedy We're The Millers, which finished at No. 3 this weekend ($16.3 million, $113.3 million).
Conversely, the action film Getaway, starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, opened to a measly $5.5 million domestic, slotting it at No. 10 on the box-office Top 10, and missing the Top 10 completely was the crime thriller Closed Circuit, which grossed $3.6 million and settled at No. 16 for its opening weekend.