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With the dust having settled, the victory in the weekend’s close battle for No. 1 goes to the Weinstein Co.’s “Lee DanielsThe 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.

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Internationally, Sony lead the weekend with “Elysium” and “This Is Us” grossing $17.9 million and $14.5 million, respectively. »


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