09/01/2013 04:49 pm ET Updated Sep 01, 2013

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


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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