One Direction has gone one direction at the box office this weekend: Up. According to a September 2 report by UK’s The Guardian, the British boy band topped the U.S. box office on Friday and Saturday with the release of their documentary “This Is Us.”
The flick raked in an estimated $17 million for its North American box-office debut, beating out competition that included Selena Gomez’s thriller with Ethan Hawke, “Getaway.”
The 1D doc included plenty of concert footage from the band’s show at London’s 02 Arena, but one thing it lacked was any kind of a glimpse at the boys’ dating life. One Direction’s Harry Styles famously dated – and split from -- Taylor Swift while the documentary was being shot, yet there wasn’t a trace of her in the movie.
Swift made headlines after what looked like a diss toward Styles at MTV’s Video Music Awards last week, but the pop singer’s pal Ed Sheeran is defending her.
At a recent press conference, Sheeran revealed that Swift's foul-mouthed remark caught on camera was not aimed at her ex-boyfriend Styles, despite the fact that he was the one on stage presenting an award at the time. Sheeran said that the incident was misinterpreted, explaining that right before the camera turned to Swift, the singer’s friend Selena Gomez expressed doubt that she would win the Best Pop Video award. Swift reportedly jokingly told Gomez to "shut the (blank) up.”
Sheeran also added that after Swift realized her words were taken the wrong way, she told him, "I think I messed up."
At the time, Styles’s One Direction band mate, Liam Payne, told Us Weekly his opinion on Swift’s out of context quip: "I just thought it was a bit not needed,” he said. “I mean, you just won an award, it's like, concentrate on yourself!" Payne also said Swift's behavior was "lame.”