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.