Most news outlets were a little premature in declaring Morgan Spurlock’s One Direction: This is Us the Labor Day Weekend box office winner as The Butler comes from behind to take #1. The 3-day estimates had the boy-band documentary in the lead with $15.8 million, but the film ran out of steam on Monday while the Forrest Whitaker biopic continued strong in its third weekend. The 4-day results have The Butler at $20 million and One Direction at $18 million.
We’re The Millers shows no signs of slowing down as it took in another $15.9 million over the holiday to cross the $100 million mark. This puts it past The Hangover III domestically, but still a long way from fellow R-rated comedies Identity Thief and The Heat. Disney’s Planes took fourth with $10.6 million, bringing the animated spinoff’s total to $73.7 million.
Probably the biggest surprise of the weekend is the Spanish-language Instructions Not Included, starring Mexican Television star Eugenio Derbez. In only 347 theaters, the film was able to make an extremely impressive $7.8 million over the 3-day weekend and $10 million over the 4-day. This is the third-highest opening for a foreign language film (behind Jet Li’s Hero and Fearless) and the highest opening for a Spanish language film.
Here is the Labor Day Weekend top ten according to estimates:
|2||One Direction: This Is Us||$18m||$18m|
|3||We’re The Millers||$15.9m||$112.8m|
|5||Instructions Not Included||$10m||$10m|
|7||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||$6.8m||$24.2m|
|8||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||$6m||$56.5m|