The British boy band One Direction’s new documentary movie This Is Us has topped Lee Daniels’ The Butler at the weekend box office.
The Butler has had excellent box office numbers ever since opening two weekends ago. So far it has accumulated $79.2 million.
This Is Us, the Morgan Spurlock film, managed to make $17.4 million so far in what was anticipated to be a tight race even with the three week old Butler.
Jennifer Aniston-Jason Sudeikis’ R-rated comedy We’re The Millers continues to perform better than expected and brought in $12.6 million, positioning it in third place behind The Butler.
The Disney family flick Planes also continues to do well and pulled in $7.7 million for the weekend, ending in fourth.
In a surprising showing, the Mexican comedy from Eugenio Derbez, Instructions Not Included(No Se Aceptan Devoluciones) came in in fifth place with $7.5 million.
The film is about a playboy, who one day sees his life changed upside down when a baby is left at his doorstep and then, six years later the mother re-surfaces and threatens to interrupt the happy life he now leads with his daughter.
Distributed by Lionsgate, the Spanish film is expected to end the weekend with $9.3 million.
A big disappointment was the Ethan Hawke/Selena Gomez drama Getaway from Warner Bros. which could possibly be the worst movie of the year. Even worse than Paranoia. Although that was a big disappointment mainly because of the star studded cast.
Also performing poorly was Closed Circuit, from Focus Feature which brought in a meek $2.1 million for the three day weekend and is expected to top at $3 million for the holiday.
In the early Monday morning, Deadline.com was reporting that the final tally was too close to call at the time, between One Direction’s This Is Us and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Both were expected to end the weekend with around $20 million.