With the dust having settled, the victory in the weekend’s close battle for No. 1 goes to the Weinstein Co.’s “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which collected a revised $20 million in four days. Sony’s music docu “One Direction: This Is Us” settled for second place, grossing $18 million through Monday.
The swap wasn’t all too surprising since most rival distributors on Sunday estimated “The Butler” to win the long weekend. That said, “This Is Us,” which earned $15.8 million Friday-Sunday, still lead the three-day frame, thanks to a frontloaded $3 million Thursday late-night tally. “The Butler” made $14.9 million in three days.
The four-day win for “The Butler” makes it the first film so far this year to stay atop the domestic box office for three straight weekends.
Internationally, Sony lead the weekend with “Elysium” and “This Is Us” grossing $17.9 million and $14.5 million, respectively. »
- Andrew Stewart
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