After two weeks atop the weekend box-office ranking, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” was dethroned by the new concert film, “One Direction: This is Us.” Without much significant competition, the One Direction music documentary had a $17 million opening weekend haul, Box Office Mojo reported.
The Morgan Spurlock-directed concert film cost a paltry $10 million to produce, making it an immediate financial success. The movie scored big overseas, taking in an additional $14.5 million. This amount includes a gross of $5.7 million in the U.K., where the music documentary also was No. 1 at the weekend box office.
Filmed in 3D, “One Direction: This is Us” is one of the highest-grossing concert films in recent years. While the “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert” and “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” movies opened in the area of $30 million, more recent concert films have had much softer openings. Released last year, “Katy Perry: Part of Me” opened with only $7.2 million.
Standing strong in second place this weekend was “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” with an impressive $14.7 million. The biopic has consistently been at or close to the top of the box-office ranking since its release three weeks ago: It is on track to make more than $100 million by the time it leaves theaters.
Opening this weekend were the critically acclaimed Spanish-language comedy “Instructions Not Included,” with $7.5 million, and the dead-on-arrival action flick “Getaway,” with $4.5 million.
“Instructions Not Included” managed to take in a surprising amount of money, given its niche focus and 347 opening theaters, but “Getaway” was unable to get away from the pack. The Ethan Hawke and Selina Gomez action film was accorded an abysmal 2 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, making it the worst-reviewed movie in theaters at the site.
Check out the top 10 grossing films of the weekend, according to Box Office Mojo:
1) “One Direction: This is Us” -- $17.0 million
2) “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” -- $14.7 million
3) “We’re the Millers” -- $12.6 million
4) “Planes” -- $7.8 million
5) “Instructions Not Included” -- $7.5 million
6) “Elysium” -- $6.3 million
7) “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” -- $5.2 million
8) “The World’s End” -- $4.8 million
9) “Getaway” -- $4.5 million
10) “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” -- $4.4 million
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.