'One Direction: This Is Us' Box Office Finds 3-D Concert Film Serving Up Victory Against 'The Butler'

09/01/2013 04:49 pm ET | Updated Sep 01, 2013
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The world's Directioners loaded the MTV Video Music Awards ballot last month, and this weekend they loaded theaters across the country. "One Direction: This Is Us" made a splash at the box office during its opening stint, dethroning "Lee Daniels' The Butler" to take the No. 1 spot.

After premiering Thursday night, "This Is Us" raked in $17 million domestically over the course of four days, according to Box Office Mojo. Given the group's insatiable fan base, it'll come as no surprise that the 3-D concert film is a bona fide success, recouping well over the $10 million production budget during its first run in theaters. Including international grosses, "This Is Us" amassed an estimated $31.5 million.

The Morgan Spurlock-directed documentary has already secured the No. 6 spot on the list of highest-grossing concert movies, based solely on its opening-weekend profits. It just barely falls behind similar releases from Katy Perry and The Jonas Brothers but has a ways to go to top Miley Cyrus, Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber, whose "Never Say Never" sits at No. 1. Whether "This Is Us" can hold on to No. 1 for the entirety of the Labor Day weekend is yet to be seen, but one thing is certain -- the Beliebers topped the Directioners, according to the $29.5 million haul "Never Say Never" enjoyed during its first few days.

Coming off a two-week reign atop the rankings, "The Butler" took a plunge during its third round, despite upping its screen count by 220 theaters. Still, the movie added a cool $14.7 million, bringing its current domestic total to $74 million.

Floating around the Top 5 for the fourth consecutive week are "We're the Millers" and "Planes." "Millers" nabbed $12.6 million, thrusting its total past the $100 million mark, while "Planes" soared to $71 million thanks to an additional $7.8 million intake.

"Instructions Not Included," a Spanish-language dramedy about a man whose life is complicated when the long-absent birth mother of his 6-year-old daughter returns, took the No. 5 spot. "Instructions" made an impressive dent, considering it features no name-recognition stars and was screened at a measly 347 theaters.

The weekend's other two new releases -- the poorly reviewed Ethan Hawke-Selena Gomez vehicle "Getaway" and the crime thriller "Closed Circuit" -- both failed to impress. "Getaway," which holds a 2-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, scraped up a dismal $4.5 million in more than 2,000 theaters. It holds the ninth-place spot. "Closed Circuit" took in $2.5 million in 870 theaters to claim No. 15 on the weekend's rankings.

Filling out the remainder of the Top 10 were "Elysium" ($6.3 million), "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" ($5.2 million), "The World's End" ($4.8 million) and "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" ($4.4 million).

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