"The Butler" Wins Box-Office for 3rd Straight Weekend; "One Direction" Rocks!

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One Direction almost beat "Lee Daniels' The Butler," but in the end, Oprah won!  "The Butler,' starring the fantastic Forrest Whitaker in the title role, is the first film to win the box-office race for three straight weekends.  Although "One Direction: This Is Us" won the 3-day weekend, "The Butler" ultimately took the top spot for the 4-day weekend.  For the 3-day weekend, "One Direction" sold $15.7 M worth of tickets compared to "The Butler's" $14.8 M box-office take.  But for the 4-Day Holiday total, "The Butler" made $20 M versus "One Direction's" $18 M.  Still, "One Direction" did surprisingly well for a concert documentary.   

Here's the list of the Top 10 box-office films (source: Deadline) for Labor Day Weekend 2013:

1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Weinstein) Week 3 [Runs 3,330] PG13
Friday $3.6M, Saturday $5.5M, Sunday $5.7M
3-Day Weekend $14.8M, 4-Day Holiday $20.0M, Cume $79.3M

2. One Direction: This Is Us 3D (TriStar/Sony) NEW [Runs 2,735] PG
Friday $8.8M, Saturday $4.0M, Sunday $2.9M
3-Day Weekend $15.7M, 4-Day Holiday $18.0M

3. We’re The Millers (New Line/Warner Bros) Week 4 [Runs 3,445] R
Friday $3.1M, Saturday $4.5M, Sunday $4.9M
3-Day Weekend $12.6M, 4-Day Holiday $16.3M, Cume $113.3M

4. Planes 3D (Disney) Week 4 [Runs 3,259] PG
Friday $1.7M, Saturday $2.9M, Sunday $2.9M
3-Day Weekend $7.5M, 4-Day Holiday $10.5M, Cume $73.6M

5. Instructions Not Included (Lionsgate) NEW [Runs 347] PG13
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.7M, Sunday $3.1M
3-Day Weekend $7.8M, 4-Day Holiday $10.3M

6. Elysium (Sony) Week 4 [Runs 2,539] R
Friday $1.5M, Saturday $2.3M, Sunday $2.4M
3-Day Weekend $6.3M, 4-Day Holiday $8.2M, Cume $80.4M

7. The Mortal Instruments (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 2 [Runs 3,118] PG13
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.0M, Sunday $1.9M
3-Day Weekend $5.4M, 4-Day Holiday $6.8M, Cume $24.3M

8. The World’s End (Focus Features) Week 2 [Runs 1,553]
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $1.8M, Sunday $1.8M
3-Day Weekend $4.9M, 4-Day Holiday $6.5M, Cume $18.4M

9. Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters 3D (Fox) Week 4 [Runs 2,393] PG
Friday $980K, Saturday $1.7M, Sunday $1.7M
3-Day Weekend $4.3M, 4-Day Holiday $5.9M, Cume $56.5M

10. Getaway (Warner Bros) NEW [Runs 2,130] PG13
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $1.5M, Sunday $1.4M
3-Day Weekend $4.4M, 4-Day Holiday $5.5M

16. Closed Circuit (Focus Features) NEW [Runs 870] R
Friday $745K, Saturday $898K, Sunday $811K
3-Day Weekend $2.4M, 4-Day Holiday $3.1M, Cume $3.6M

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Manny the Movie Guy is a multi-Emmy award-winning film critic who has always had a passion for movies. His love of film criticism started while working for his school newspaper at Purdue University. Upon graduation, Manny was offered a full-scholarship to complete his Post-Baccalaureate degree in Film at the School…

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