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‘The Butler’ Rules Box Office For Third Straight Weekend, One Direction Takes Second

Lee Daniels’ The Butler has taken the box office once again for the long holiday weekend while One Direction’s This Is Us took the three day weekend.

A bit confusing but here is the breakdown, according to Deadline.

The Butler made $14.8 million for the three days and $20 million for the four day holiday. This brings the grand total for the civil rights film from director Lee Daniels and Weinstein to $79.3 million.

The British boy band One Direction’s documentary-behind-the-scenes-concert flick, This is Us made $15.7 million for the three day weekend and fell short at $18 million for the four day holiday.

In third place, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis keep making audiences laugh with their R-rated comedy We’re The Millers, about a fake family and featuring Aniston’s strip tease. It brought in $16.3 million for the holiday which gives it a cumulative total of $113.3 million.

Considering it only took $37 million to make, it is doing quite well.

Disney’s Planes, which premiered at the same time as Millers, has also stayed in the top five for the past three weekends with $10.5 million for the holiday and a cumulative of $73.6 million.

The surprise of the the weekend however, came with Instructions Not Included (No Se Aceptan Devoluciones) from Lionsgate. The Mexican film from director Eugenio Derbez, which placed in an impressive fifth place and earned $10.3 million.

Considering the fact that the cast is mostly unknown to American audiences and the film is in Spanish for the most part, that is a remarkable feat.

Lionsgate’s film is about a playboy who one day sees his life turned upside down when a baby is left at his front door. Years later, the mother shows up threatening to disrupt the perfect life he now leads with his daughter.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler is proving that good solid performances and a strong script can still do wonders in movie houses around the US.