It was a case of two films taking home the box office crown as the holiday totals are counted up. "The Butler" takes it for the four-day weekend while "One Direction: This is Us" gets the three-day title.
"The Butler" had two wins in a row and sets its sights on the award season discussion, which right now are centering on Oprah Winfrey and her supporting role. Other talk in that category is Meryl Streep but some buzz is stirring that she may be back in that lead role category for "August Osage County."
1. "One Direction: This Is Us" - (Three-day, $15.8 million; four-day, $18 million)
2. "The Butler" - (Three-day, $14.8 million; four-day, $20 million)
3. "We're the Millers" - (Three-day, $12.6 million; four-day, $16 million)
One Direction's opening three-days numbers fell short of any kind of records noted in the last report. That noted that Miley Cyrus and her concert flick had the opening weekend record while Justin Bieber's effort has the overall crown. One Direction's base of female fans moved this film to the top spot.
Praise must be given to "We're the Millers" which sustained itself and continues to draw in the audience. It is over $112 million. The two other new wide releases fell way off the pace. "Getaway" was No. 12 with $4.5 million and "Closed Circuit" was No. 15 with $2.5 million. No, "Closed Circuit" was a wide release but still not over 1,000 theaters.
As Hollywood catches its breath to await the fall and winter season, it is like pause is on, as is usual for September. It tends to be the slowest and we will see how high or low the numbers reach for the winners each week. If the past few weeks are an indicator, look for weak winners this month.
But the summer totals will prove worthy despite the box office bombs that dropped along the way. But, truth be told, this holiday weekend tracking was all over the board.