Weekend Box Office Report: ‘One Direction’ Conquers the Box Office

One Direction: This is Us

If someone had told you that a documentary about One Direction would be the film to top the charts over the weekend, knocking two other releases out of the park, you probably wouldn’t believe it. If you were told that an indie film also beat out the other two new releases, you definitely wouldn’t buy it. Nevertheless, that is exactly what happened.

The tale of the superstar British boy band, One Direction: This is Us, handily made the top of the charts, earning $17 million over the weekend. It ended the two-week reign of terror of Lee Daniels' The Butler, which still made a very respectable pile of earnings—$14.7 million—for a total of $74 million.

We’re The Millers continues to follow The Butler closely, making another $12.6 million, and totaling at a whopping total of $109.5 million—which is even more impressive for a comedy. Planes continues to cling to the upper levels of the charts, making another $7.7 million for a total of $70.8 million.

The big surprise of the weekend came in the form of Instructions Not Included, a film that opened in limited release. The film earned the fifth-highest revenues of the weekend, $7.5 million.

Given that this week’s other two new releases were rated abysmally, it’s no surprise that their performance in the box office was just as disappointing. Getaway made only $4.5 million, and Closed Circuit made $2.5 million for a total of $3 million.

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