×

Box Office: ‘One Direction’ Eyes No. 1 With $20 Million-Plus Weekend

'The Butler' off only 24% on third Friday for second place

Sony-Tristar’s “One Direction: This Is Us” is wooing teens on an otherwise sleepy Labor Day weekend that is seeing a host of other newcomers falter and Weinstein Co.’s “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” continuing strong.

The 3D concert docu earned $8.9 million Friday, and is expected to land in the mid-$20 million range over the long weekend. Just looking at domestic numbers, “One Direction’s” bow is  on par with 2009’s “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” also from Sony, which went on to become the highest grossing concert docu on record at the worldwide box office. It’s hard to say if “One Direction” should expect similar business on a global scale, though it does open day-and-date in 40 overseas markets.

The band is also repped by Sony Music and the pic was shot on Sony’s new F55 4K camera, coordinating multiple arms of the media and tech giant.

The Butler” took $3.6 million Friday, demonstrating impressive hold with a 24% week-over-week drop. The biopic has cumed $62.9 million to date and is looking at a four day holiday around $20 million.

Elsewhere, Warner Bros. opened “Getaway,” Lionsgate-Pantelion opened “Instructions Not Included” and Focus opened “Closed Circuit” to mixed success this frame.

Appealing to Latino auds under the ethnic-targeting Pantelion banner, “Instructions Not Included” is looking stronger than the other two at fewer than half their location counts. It’s expected to earn close to $8 million in four days from just 347 plexes.

“Getaway” is getting off to a rough start with $1.4 million from Friday and just over $5 million anticipated through Monday. Meanwhile “Closed Circuit,” which bowed Wednesday for a potential leg-up on the holiday, is looking at around $4 million for its first six days in theaters.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Amanda Awards

    ‘Out Stealing Horses’ Tops Norway’s 2019 Amanda Awards

    HAUGESUND, Norway —  Hans Petter Moland’s sweeping literary adaptation “Out Stealing Horses” put in a dominant showing at Norway’s Amanda Awards on Saturday night, placing first with a collected five awards, including best Norwegian film. Celebrating its 35th edition this year, the Norwegian industry’s top film prize helped kick off the Haugesund Film Festival and [...]

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Richard Williams, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Animator, Dies at 86

    Renowned animator Richard Williams, best known for his work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” died Friday at his home in Bristol, England, Variety has confirmed. He was 86. Williams was a distinguished animator, director, producer, author and teacher whose work has garnered three Oscars and three BAFTA Awards. In addition to his groundbreaking work as [...]

  • Instinct

    Locarno Film Review: 'Instinct'

    Now that “Game of Thrones” has finally reached its conclusion, releasing its gifted international ensemble into the casting wilds, will Hollywood remember just what it has in Carice van Houten? It’s not that the statuesque Dutch thesp hasn’t been consistently employed since her startling 2006 breakout in Paul Verhoeven’s “Black Book,” or even that she’s [...]

  • Good Boys Movie

    Box Office: 'Good Boys' Eyes Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019

    Universal’s “Good Boys” is surpassing expectations as it heads toward an estimated $20.8 million opening weekend at the domestic box office following $8.3 million in Friday ticket sales. That’s well above earlier estimates which placed the film in the $12 million to $15 million range, marking the first R-rated comedy to open at No. 1 [...]

  • Pedro Costa’s 'Vitalina Varela' Wins at

    Pedro Costa’s 'Vitalina Varela' Triumphs at Locarno Film Festival

    The 72nd Locarno Film Festival drew to a close Saturday with Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa’s dark and detached film “Vitalina Varela” coming away with several awards together with superlatives from segments of the hardcore cinephile crowd, including jury president Catherine Breillat. In announcing the Golden Leopard prize for the film, as well as best actress [...]

  • Vitalina Varela

    Locarno Film Review: 'Vitalina Varela'

    Frequently beautiful compositions and the theatrical use of a fierce kind of artifice have long been the hallmarks of Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa, regarded by a small but influential group of aesthetes as one of the great filmmakers of our era. For those in tune with his vision, the director’s films offer an exciting lesson [...]

  • Notre dame

    Locarno Film Review: 'Notre dame'

    Not to be too cynical about it, but might the recent horrific fire in Paris’ cathedral attract audiences to a film in which the gothic gem plays a major role? It’s likely a wiser marketing strategy than promoting the unrelenting silliness of Valerie Donzelli’s oh-so-kooky comedy “Notre dame,” the writer-director-star’s return to contemporary Paris following [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content