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.
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