The Butler beats One Direction at the US box office

As the dust of the battle over the Labor day weekend’s box office settled, The Butler emerged as the clear winner for the third time in a row, collecting $20 million in four days, to reach a domestic total of $79.3 million.

The Butler’s rival,  music documentary One Direction: This Is Us, was not far behind in the second place, debuting to $18 million in the US box office. It also took the second spot in the international market, where it gleaned an additional $14.5 million. Made for only $10 million, the film has already grossed $32 million.

The third and fourth spots in the US were claimed by two holdovers: comedy We’re The Millers with $15.9 million and animation Planes with $10.7 million respectively.

The fifth spot was captured by a Spanish-language film Instructions Not Included, which opened to $10 million over the four-day weekend, marking the highest debut for a Hispanic-targeted movie.

Elysium landed in the sixth spot with $8.3 million in the US box office, but it fared better overseas where it was ranked no. 1 and drew $17.9 million over the weekend. The sci-fi thriller’s total stands at $80.4 million in the US and $97.7 million overseas.

$20-million horror flick The Conjuring was ranked 3rd internationally with $12.1 million over the weekend.  Its global gross since release is $243.7 million. It was followed by Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in 4th place and Monsters University in 5th place with $11.4 million and $11.0 million respectively.