One Direction 'This Is Us' Dominates Labor Day Box Office, The Butler Comes In Second

9:48 AM EDT 9/2/2013 by Stephanie Guerilus, Celebeat Reporter

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This Is Us, the documentary from One Direction, won the Labor Day box office according to Forbes.

The movie approximately earned $17 million through the three day weekend. There had been expectation that the behind the scenes footage about the British boy band would propel it to a higher gross such as $20 million. However, the tickets were front loaded and their audience declined by Saturday.

Previous music documentaries have fared better on the opening weekend. Michael Jackson: This Is It earned $23m in 2009, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds $31m in 2008, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never $33m in 2011. Those films hold the records for their genre whereas the performances of the Jonas Brothers and Katy Perry films disappointed. This Is Us has already made its $10 million budget back , but critics did not see the movie smashing records during its run in theaters.

"Yet these confessional ''unstaged'' moments feel more choreographed than the group's dance moves. Which is a shame, because if anyone could have given us an inside look at the guys in the band, it's a subversive filmmaker like Spurlock. But "This Is Us" comes off as an impersonal job for hire - a paycheck assignment," Entertainment Weekly wrote in its review.

The Butler continued its impressive haul with a second place finish after two weeks in the top position. The drama earned $14 million to bring its total box office to $74 million. It is expected to make $100 million. We're the Millers starting Jennifer Aniston rounded out the top three with $12 million. The dark comedy has now grossed over $100 million.

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