Sunday, April 21, 2024

Box Office: “The Butler” Takes One Direction, Wins Labor Day Weekend


Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” won the four day weekend box office for Labor Day, beating teeny boppers One Direction. The Forest Whitaker-Oprah Winfrey drama took in $20 million total Friday- Monday, as opposed to $18 million for “This Is Us,” a 90 minute commercial for the hastily assembled boy band. That’s a relief, isn’t it? One Direction fans turned out less and less over the weekend. There was something they didn’t get from that film– was it sex, or anything personal? Maybe. “The Butler” meantime speeds along to the Oscars. It’s only one of three films released so far in 2013 that could make the top 10 and only one of 2 that will probably will. (I’d rank them “The Butler,” “Blue Jasmine,” and “Fruitvale Station.”) “The Butler” is headed for $100 million and then some.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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