Weekend box office: One Direction: This Is Us grabs the top spot

Weekend box office One Direction This Is Us

These days, I find myself saying things like “I don’t understand why people like groups like One Direction”.  But I always have to pause and take a step back because I realize that makes me sound like an old man.  They’re no different than New Kids On The Block, The Backstreet Boys, N*Sync or the dozens of bands that came before them.  So the fact that their “rock doc” movie ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US managed to score about $17 million at the weekend box office shouldn’t come as a surprise.  I think that if you don’t understand it like me, then you’re probably too old for their music.  Perhaps shockingly, the Spanish film INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED managed over $7 million, meaning it beat out the Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez film GETAWAY by almost $3 million.  I don’t think anyone saw that coming.

Next week sees Vin Diesel back in action as Riddick in…RIDDICK.  I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the Riddick films, but I know there are plenty of fans out there that love them.  The question will be whether or not they show up to the theater to see the newest film or if they wait for the Blu-ray release.  We also get the documentary SALINGER, which I would have easily passed over and not have given a second thought to, but with the recent revelation that there will be more J.D. Salinger books on the way, I think the buzz may have boosted this film’s buzz considerably.  But I think the battle next week is going to be between RIDDICK and once again, LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER.

1. One Direction: This Is Us $17m

2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler $14.7m

3. We’re The Millers $12.6m

4. Planes $7.8m

5. Instructions Not Included $7.5m

6. Elysium $6.3m

7. The Mortal Instruments City of Bones $5.2m

8. The World’s End $4.8m

9. Getaway $4.5m

10. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $4.4m


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