‘One Direction: This Is Us’ Handily Takes First on Friday; ‘Butler’ & ‘Millers’ Still Strong as Latter Tops $100 Million; Epic tops Blu-Ray releases; Monsters U crosses 700 million in global box office


One Direction tops them all! I’m Realistic Fish Head. The unstoppable boy band that went from worst to first gets box office honors as Labor Day weekend continues! The Butler and The Millers continue to gain ground ahead of the Labor Day stash, but will both these films be able to jump over One Direction? Gene Scallop has the Labor Day numbers!




Official studio estimates for Friday are in, and One Direction: This Is Us claimed first place for the day with $8.9 million. The figure includes $2.7 million from Thursday night shows. The film lagged behind Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’s $12.4 million opening day in February 2011, but still performed much stronger than the $4.96 million first day take of 2009’s Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. The One Direction flick’s positive critical reception is also carrying over: its Flixster user score has increased to 79 percent (from a mid-60s anticipation level)–indicating positive word of mouth among the limited target audience. Domestically, This Is Us should pull in $21 million through Sunday and $25 million for the four-day weekend. BoxOffice projects a first place finish for both frames.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler is projected to take second place for the holiday frame. Down just over 24 percent from last Friday, the word-of-mouth hit drama grabbed $3.62 million yesterday as it heads for $14.5 million over the three-day weekend and $19.5 million for the four-day frame. Meanwhile, We’re the Millers took in $3.13 million and crossed the $100 million domestic threshold. That flick will take in $12 million and $15.5 million over the respective frames.

Meanwhile, Getaway failed to gain traction in its debut. Audiences sent the thriller to a disappointing $1.42 million on Friday. Despite trying to bring in crowds young and old with Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez in starring roles, moviegoers are clearly signaling that they’re burnt out on action flicks right now. With a low 53 percent Flixster user approval rating, a long run seems to be off the table. BoxOffice projects Getaway will take in $4.4 million through Sunday and $5.4 million by the end of Labor Day.

On to more encouraging news, Lionsgate’s Instructions Not Included earns the “surprise of the weekend” award thanks to a strong $1.925 million opening day from just 347 locations. The dramedy, led by popular Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez, is proving to be a welcomed offering for Latino audiences over the holiday weekend. BoxOffice is projecting an impressive $5.5 million three-day weekend and $6.8 million four-day frame.

Closed Circuit added an estimated $750,000 on Friday, pushing its three-day total to $1.26 million. That pic should earn $2.7 million for the three-day weekend and $3.45 million for the four-day.

Lastly, The Grandmaster is set to bring in $2.3 million through Sunday and $2.85 million over the four-day weekend. The Weinstein Company’s release expanded into 749 theaters yesterday.


Going into Labor Day weekend, Sony’s biographical flick One Direction tops the charts The Butler drops 2nd with a 24% drop, The Millers take 3rd as they cross the 100 million smacker mark, Getaway gets stopped in its tracks in 4th, while Lionsgate’s Instructions Not Included placing 5th, was a definite Labor Day Weekend surprise indeed.


There were lots of Blu-Ray releases and the same goes for DVD releases all summer long. Each box office film which made the list in the box office has topped the number of the most Blu-Ray’s all year. Who was the lucky flick this year Jim?


Jim Fish (via Blu-Ray News)- For the week that ended on August 25th, Twentieth Century Fox’s Epic topped both the Blu-ray-only and overall package media charts. An animated adaptation of William Joyce’s The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, Epic managed a surprisingly robust theatrical run despite mediocre critical notices (the film’s Metacritic total is 52%); the CGI adventure grossed over $253 million worldwide on top of a projected $100 million budget. Factoring into its sales was a Blu-ray market share of 40%.

Last week’s winner, the Sony Pictures and Film District actioner Olympus Has Fallen dropped to number two under Epic on the Blu-ray-only and overall package media charts. This thriller – the second of 2013’s two White House-centric actioners, with White House Down being the other screen option – overcame a lukewarm Metacritic total of 41% to connect with audiences, grossing over $161 million worldwide on top of a $70 million budget. Olympus Has Fallen sold 24% as many Blu-rays and overall units as Epic, and it had an HD market share of 39%.

Finally, Universal Studios’ Oblivion rounded out the third spot on the Blu-ray-only media chart. The visually stunning sci-fi epic struggled in theaters last April, overcoming a critical reception of 54% to just make back its estimated $120 million production budget – Oblivion made over $89 million domestically and $286 million worldwide. On Blu-ray, the Tom Cruise-starring film sold 15% as many discs as Epic and had an HD market share of 46%. However, with regard to the overall package media list, it sold 13% as many units and came in fifth place; sitting above it in the third and fourth positions were, respectively, Killing Season and Scary Movie 5.



Ever since the Toy Story franchise came to a close, Pixar is still the top movie company with Disney to cross over than 600 million smackers all year long. This summer, Monsters U. managed to jump over the global box office threshold.  How much did it cross this time Perch?


Perch Perkins (via Variety)- Going back to school proved to be highly profitable for Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters University,” which today crossed $700 million at the worldwide box office, making it the fourth-highest grossing toon for Pixar.

Monsters University” — behind “Toy Story 3,” with $1.06 billion, “Finding Nemo” ($922 million) and “Up” ($731 million) — also is expected to become the studio’s highest-grossing animated film in China, with roughly $19.1 million locally. In total, “Monsters, Inc.” made $563 million globally.

The summer box office was buoyed by top-performing family fare “Monsters U” and “Despicable Me 2,” which so far has amassed more than $805 million globally. (Interestingly, that film was denied release in China.)

“Iron Man 3,” which earned $1.21 billion worldwide, and “Fast and Furious 6,” with $787 million, are the summer’s other top-grossing movies.

“Monsters University” has some gas left in the tank internationally, as Disney plans to release the film in South Korea on Sept. 12. The film is being released Oct. 29 on DVD.


Checking the Penguins tally, 381 fans sign in as Team Skipper plans continue on their Labor Day plans.


Summer officially comes to a close tomorrow as we check out SpongeBob’s Labor Day marathon. Relive all the action as our hero puts a bow on this exiting season. Fall sweeps also begin this week as Power Rangers Mega force returns with all new episodes this weekend with plenty of new surprises of what’s in store this month. This is Realistic Fish Head saying, enjoy the rest of Labor Day Weekend!

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