Box Office Results: 'One Direction' Tops Final Weekend of a Record Breaking Summer

One Direction box office resultsThe conversation for a lot of the summer has revolved around how bad so many of this year's movies have been and yet, Exhibitor Relations reports it was a record summer at the domestic box office with this year's crop of films estimated to have brought in $4.75 billion (10.5% over 2012) with 582 million tickets sold, the highest number of tickets since 2007.

Leading the charge on this final weekend was Morgan Spurlock's One Direction: This is Us concert documentary, which opened with an estimated $17 million and received an "A" CinemaScore from the groupies in attendance. Expectations are for the film to cross $20.5 million by the end of the four day weekend.

The biggest news of this weekend, however, is the staying power of Lee Daniels' The Butler, which only dropped 11% in its second weekend for $14.7 million, bringing its domestic cume to $74 million. Oscar talk may be ramping up with screenings out of Telluride and Venice, but The Butler is putting money where its mouth is and has assured us it will be part of the conversation over the coming award season.

Okay, maybe The Butler isn't the biggest news... maybe the $7.5 million brought in by Lionsgate's (released through Pantelion Films) Spanish language comedy Instructions Not Included is the biggest news. Directed by Eugenio Derbez, the film played in 347 theaters bringing in $21,614 per location. I'd never even heard of the movie until a few minutes ago, but it just goes to show there are undersevered audiences all over this country that will pay to see certain kinds of movies if studios put them in theaters. The film received an "A+" CinemaScore.

Moving on to the Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez thriller Getaway I have to wonder, what kept fans away? Was it the 2% RottenTomatoes rating or were the trailers enough? Maybe it was simply word of mouth as opening night audiences gave it a "C+" CinemaScore, which pretty much translates to an "F" and for good reason, the movie is terrible and it reflects in its $4.5 million opening.

Below that we have Focus' new thriller Closed Circuit, which the studio opened on Wednesday and played in only 862 theaters this weekend and it wasn't playing to full houses. The film brought in an estimated $2.5 million and it's likely the last time we'll even hear of it.

Just below Closed Circuit is Wong Kar Wai's Grandmaster, which expanded into 749 theaters this weekend and brought home $2.4 million.

Next weekend the Fall movie season gets underway and will kick off with Riddick featuring Vin Diesel and it's the only new wide release of the weekend. Looking at the TV spots I've seen this is a movie I'm actually interested in seeing (even though I'm missing the screening) but the murky, feces-colored cinematography makes me wonder if it's a movie that will attract a very wide audience. How many Pitch Black fans stuck around after Chronicles of Riddick to the point they're excited to see the final leg in the trilogy?

I remember back in 2009 I asked readers "Would You Rather Universal Make a Third Riddick Film or 'Serenity 2'?" and the result of the poll was 11,550 in favor of another Riddick, almost double the 6,064 that voted for Serenity 2. So, Universal can probably at least count on those 11,550 to buy a ticket, but how many more beyond that will be interesting as it has the weekend all to itself.

On one final note, I am very curious to see how the reader predictions turn out for this weekend. Just scroll down and look at how many of you were exactly right. Goes to show, this was a weekend to get your predictions in early. I'll update the results with actuals on Monday afternoon and see how many remain exactly right.

Weekend Box-Office Top Ten for August 30 - September 1, 2013

  1. One Direction: This is Us was #1 at the box-office
  2. Lee Daniels' The Butler () - $14.8 million ($74.1m cume)
    From 3,330 theaters ($4,444 avg.) / $30 million budget / 73%
  3. We're the Millers () - $12.7 million ($109.6m cume)
    From 3,445 theaters ($3,687 avg.) / $37 million budget / 47%
  4. Instructions Not Included () - $7.8 million
    From 347 theaters ($22,478 avg.) / 56%
  5. Planes () - $7.7 million ($70.8m cume)
    From 3,259 theaters ($2,363 avg.) / $50 million budget / 27%
  6. Elysium () - $6.4 million ($78.5m cume)
    From 2,539 theaters ($2,521 avg.) / $115 million budget / 68%
  7. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones () - $5.4 million ($22.9m cume)
    From 3,118 theaters ($1,732 avg.) / $60 million budget / 12%
  8. The World's End () - $5 million ($16.8m cume)
    From 1,553 theaters ($3,220 avg.) / $20 million budget / 89%
  9. Getaway () - $4.5 million
    From 2,130 theaters ($2,113 avg.) / $18 million budget / 3%
  10. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters () - $4.4 million ($55.0m cume)
    From 2,393 theaters ($1,839 avg.) / $90 million budget / 38%
Click here to browse our box-office charts and compare Laremy's predictions


These are the actual weekend results and the weekend's winners are now final.
The reader prediction leaderboard has been updated and can be seen here.

  1. Getaway
  2. ACTUAL: $4.5 million
  3. Mykael
    $4.5 million prediction / Exactly Right!
  4. Zayden Qadardaan
    $4.5 million prediction / Exactly Right!
  5. Ryan Maddux
    $4.5 million prediction / Exactly Right!
  6. Shifty
    $4.44 million prediction / $0.06 million off
  7. Nathan
    $4.4 million prediction / $0.1 million off
  1. Grandmaster
  2. ACTUAL: $2.4 million
  3. Athar
    $2.4 million prediction / Exactly Right!
  4. Vibhor Panda
    $2.4 million prediction / Exactly Right!
  5. kyle coley
    $2.4 million prediction / Exactly Right!
  6. Austin Gorski
    $2.4 million prediction / Exactly Right!
  7. crayc30
    $2.4 million prediction / Exactly Right!
Closed Circuit
  1. Closed Circuit
  2. ACTUAL: $2.4 million
  3. Ugueth
    $2.4 million prediction / Exactly Right!
  4. Phoxhunter
    $2.4 million prediction / Exactly Right!
  5. Athar
    $2.3 million prediction / $0.1 million off
  6. Winchester
    $2.5 million prediction / $0.1 million off
  7. MM
    $2.5 million prediction / $0.1 million off
One Direction: This is Us
  1. One Direction: This is Us
  2. ACTUAL: $15.8 million
  3. Bazellis
    $15.8 million prediction / Exactly Right!
  4. jess
    $15.9 million prediction / $0.1 million off
  5. Erik
    $15.65 million prediction / $0.15 million off
  6. Bob Phelan
    $15.6 million prediction / $0.2 million off
  7. Tom F
    $16 million prediction / $0.2 million off

SCORING: A total number of five (5) readers win for each movie. The reader with the closest prediction on a movie wins five (5) points, second closest wins four (4) points and so on. In the event of a tie, the winner is determined by the reader that posted his/her prediction first.

For a complete look at the rules and regulations on how to compete click the "Rules & Regulations" tab at the top of the page right here.

  • andyluvsfilms

    STILL no points haha

    I checked out the trailer for Instructions Not Included, it looks kinda ok but what put me off was that very familiar voice from Mr Voiceover Man with that slight chuckle in his voice and you just think "oh, more of the same then".
    Does anyone else experience this?

  • Winchester

    I can't remember if I was in early with my prediction or not. I'll assume not and that way any points will be a nice bonus.

    Not interested in Riddick personally at all. I don't think it has a large built in demand audience which is probably why it's trying marketing wise to skew back around to the stripped down first film in 2000 than the bloated sequel.

    Regarding Summer 2013.............well, it's not meant to sound this way but I think it's abundantly clear that in some instances the general audience member and the critic (not just Brad, although even elsewhere critics have been much kinder to some summer films than he has) have been in serious opposition to one another based on evidence such as cinema scores and some grosses.

    However, I've always contended general movie goers are looking for different things than cinephiles or wannabe cinephiles and that difference is not in and of iself new. There's a fundamental difference between the two that cannot be ignored. And if it isn't ignored results in a lot less anger. I've also said and feel that 2013 has not been the best year for Summer films either, but that simply you won't get that every year. Film seasons are like crop seasons.

    There will at some point be a Summer that does deliver. Then more that won't. Everything is cyclical.

    • TheLastEquivocationofBrist

      I don't think Riddick is a referendum on the size of the Riddick fan's a referendum on the size of the Vin Diesel fan base. He's always talking about his relationship with his fans. Time for them to ride or die.

      • Winchester


        But his last non FF theatrical release was over 5 years ago so most know only know him from that franchise and even if soke follow over just because he's in it, there's no way Riddick does even close to FF style business.

        • TheLastEquivocationofBrist

          I was mainly referring to his supposedly huge fanbase on Facebook, but who knows whether they'll actually show up to the movie or whether they're enough to make it a hit even if they do.

  • Bazellis

    No, no, no, no, no no ,no!!
    When will I get a damm point!?

    • andyluvsfilms

      If you get one, i'll buy it off ya

      • JN Films

        zero point club going on here

  • Shaun Heenan

    I'm getting killed here!

  • Mykael

    Lee Daniels' The Butler had its third weekend, right? Released on August 16. 11% drop on third weekend?

  • The Jackal

    Look over the Worldwide Box Office numbers, I'm wondering how bad Disney must feel when The Lone Ranger (budgeted at over $215 million) can't best the numbers of The Conjuring, which cost only $20 million?

    Also, I'm still amazed by Now You See Me. This little film (or medium-sized, given its $75 million budget) has slowly but surely amassed just under $309 million and greenlit a sequel.

    Finally, I'm wondering if Warner Bros has seen enough goodwill internationally to greenlight a sequel to Pacific Rim. True the film (budgeted at $190 million) only just now cracked $100 million domestically; however, the film has brought in over $400 million worldwide. Is this enough for the studio to role the dice again?

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    • HazardousKirby

      I really hope they make another pacific rim as it was probably the most entertaining movie I watched this summer. Though if they don't it will always be an incredible standalone title.

  • kyle coley

    YES! i finally get one right