Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: September 1, 2013

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It was a very slow Labor Day weekend at the box office, with most films failing to break $10 million yet again.

Coming in at number 1 this weekend is the concert film One Direction: This Is Us with $17 million. It wasn’t going to take much to crack the top spot during a slow weekend like this, so it’s no surprise that fans were able to propel This Is Us to number 1.

As far as concert films go, This Is Us‘ opening weekend tally is a bit on the low end, behind films featuring Hannah Montana (a.k.a. Miley Cyrus), the Jonas Brothers, and Michael Jackson. Fun fact: This Is Us is documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s best opening weekend tally (by a very large margin), and it is also his highest grossing film after only three days.

The number 2 film this weekend is Lee Daniels’ The Butler with $14.7 million. The historical drama continues to feed off strong word of mouth and is now up to $70 million after three weeks.

We’re the Millers comes in at number 3 with $12.6 million, dropping only 3% from last weekend. The Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis comedy’s domestic total is now up to an incredible $109 million.

In at number 4 is Planes with $7.7 million, which brings its total up to $70 million. Much like We’re the Millers, Planes retained almost all of its audience, dropping only 9% from last weekend.

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Rounding out the top 5 (and coming out of nowhere) is Instructions Not Included with $7.5 million on only 347 screens. Instructions was distributed under Lionsgate’s relatively new Pantelion label, which focuses on features for Latin American audiences. Pantelion’s previous releases, Girl in Progress and No Eres Tu, Soy Yo, made less than $2 million during their entire theatrical runs, so it’s safe to say Instructions Not Included is a big success for them.

The number 6 film this weekend is Elysium with $6.3 million, which brings its domestic total up to a solid $78 million. Unfortunately, the sci-fi blockbuster cost $115 million to make, and is well below the $115 million domestic tally set by Neill Blomkamp’s first film, District 9.

Coming in at number 7 is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones with $5.2 million. Now at $22 million domestic, this first film in a planned franchise might be the only one made.

The World’s End falls to number 8 this weekend with $4.7 million. Although Edgar Wright’s latest, now at $16 million domestic and $32 million worldwide, has passed Shaun of the Dead‘s box office tally, it will need some help to catch Hot Fuzz ($23 million) and Scott Pilgrim ($31 million).

Sept 1 Box Office Getaway Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: September 1, 2013

The Ethan Hawke thriller Getaway (read our review) comes in at a very disappointing number 9 with $4.5 million. Despite a heavy marketing push, the film simply could not make a splash during this slow holiday weekend. Not even pop star Selena Gomez, who gets roped into Hawke’s race against time to save his wife, could boost Getaway‘s profile. The film will be lucky enough to make back its $18 million budget, let alone turn a profit.

In at number 10 is Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters with $4.4 million. The film is now up to $45 million total, barely half of its $90 million budget.

Outside the top 10: the political thriller Closed Circuit (read our review) opened at number 15 with $2.5 million. Like Getaway, Closed Circuit received a strong marketing push, but couldn’t turn that into worthwhile box office dollars.


[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Tuesday, September 3rd - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Holy sh*t @ instructions not included
    How the hell did it make that much money in only 300 something theathers

    I guess there will be more original Spanish speaking movies coming out of hollywood from now on

    Side notes : I wonder what will the racists say now that screenrant used a getaway thumbnail instead of a one direction thumbnail
    I remember last week some people complained that screenrant discriminated against the butler because it didnt use the movie as its thumbnail (even though the site is for fanboys/genre movies, not melodrama crap )

    • “I guess there will be more original Spanish speaking movies coming out of hollywood from now on ”

      Your kidding right?

      • american movies play all around the world, what’s wrong with mexican movies playing in the united states? they can make good movies too you know, haven’t you watched “amores perros”? or “y tu mama tambien”? or “el infierno(2010)” or “matando cabos” or “amarte duele”? are you saying only the rest of the world has to watch dubbed american movies or with subtitles but you guys don’t even want to make an effort to watch a foreign film? you have no respect for this art form then.

        fun fact: have you seen “babel”? well that movies is the exact same format from “amores perros” and is the same director, babel is just a different version from amores perros for americans but it doesn’t even compare to it.

        • @ Luy

          Right on!

          “Babel” is one of the best films from the past ten years I have seen. The Blu Ray is up there next to my blu rays of TDKR, , Skyfall and “The Watchmen.”

          My GF/partner and I both love all types of movies, including indie and foreign flicks.

          Alejandro González Iñárritu is a keen director also responsible for “21 Grams” and “Biutiful.”

          • yes exactly I’m glad you enjoy foreign movies, if you get a chance see “el infierno” a great movie from a great director, it’s almost like a satirical movie about what’s going on in mexico right now.

            thanks for backing me up.

            • + 100 , Luy

              I forgot to mention that Pedro Almodóvar’s “Tie Me Up Tie Me Down”
              is one of my all time favorites.

              Have heard MANY good things about “El Infierno” and will check it out.

  2. I’m glad We’re the Millers has been going strong. Hopefully that means more movies for Jason Sudeikis. :)

  3. Tweens are strong box office.

    The funny thing is these music act fizzle fast, you rarely see “sequels”, let’s see if 1D makes it to 1D: The Second One.

  4. Time to rev our engines and wait to see how “Riddick” does one week from now. Try to keep expectations realistic.

    Even though I’m not a fan of the Riddick flicks, nor a fan of Vin Diesel, I’m rooting for it because it’s gonna have a hard time at the box office for the same reasons flicks like “Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Pacific Rim” and “Elysium” struggled so hard this summer.

    • I wouldn’t say Into Darkness struggled. It’s actually still playing at a double feature here and it’s out on Blu-ray on the 10th, a very respectable run.

  5. What happen to kick ass 2?

    • “Kick Ass 2″ had it’s ass KICKED.

      • Lol good one!!

  6. The funny thing is these music act fizzle fast, you rarely see “sequels”, let’s see if 1D makes it to 1D: The Second One.

    • Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  7. I’m glad “This is Us” didn’t break $20 Million. I expected it to be a juggernaut for this weekend. So this week I hope “Riddick” will crumble it.

    “The Butler” is holding out strong. “We’re The Millers” is turning out as a nice profit. I give props to the comedy movies this year. It’s a shame though that “The World’s End” couldn’t share the success, I really enjoyed it.

    With “Planes” not recorded as a box office bomb like I hoped, it secures the sequel even more for next year.

    “Instructions Not Included”, wow, kudos to you for coming out in the top ten; very impressive.

    “Getaway” didn’t seem as much of a cash grab for audiences, so I’m surprised that it opened in the to ten. As well as Percy Jackson still there…

    • Huh? What are you saying? I just read the article. You don’t need to reiterate it.

  8. Hey,’Pacific Rim’ fans,our favorite giant robot vs.giant monsters movie,has just crossed the $100 million mark at the U.S. box office and it also crossed the $400 million mark worldwide.I hope this continues to put all of the ‘Pacific Rim’ is a “flop” talk further and further away in the rear view mirror,and hopefully (fingers crossed) a sequel sometime in the future,but for the NEAR future,BRING ON THE BLU-RAY!!!

    • Pacific Rim wasn’t really that great of a movie anyway. It lacks story and character. Good CGI, but nothing I would want a second viewing of.

  9. BTW,I just saw ‘Lee Daniel’s The Butler’ on Labor Day,and I liked it very much,this movie deserves the box office it is getting and hopefully this movie will also clean up (pun intended) during movie award season as well,this film had great perfomances from all the actors involved,especially from Oprah Winfrey,Forrest Whiticker and David Oyelowo.

  10. my movie, elysium, isn’t on here either. It’s not doing too well. Wish it would do as well as Pacific Rim, which I also liked though not nearly as much.

  11. Oh never mind, it is on there. Well it’s still way below it’s budget, but at least screen rant called it ‘solid.’