Box Office: 'One Direction' Rocks Theaters With $8.9 Mil Friday; 'Getaway' Bombs
Sony's One Direction: This Is Us overpowered the competition at the Friday box office in grossing a strong $8.9 million and receiving an A CinemaScore.
Restoring luster to the concert documentary genre, One Direction could gross between $22 million and $25 million for the four-day Labor Day weekend, the best showing of all time for the holiday stretch after the $30.6 million earned by Halloween in 2007.
Super Size Me doc filmmaker Morgan Spurlock directs Sony/TriStar's 3D concert film about the British pop band comprising Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. The PG film, opening in more than 2,500 theaters, is produced by Spurlock and Simon Cowell, who assembled the boy band after the musicians appeared as solo acts on the U.K.'s The X Factor.
The film is rolling out in much of the world this weekend.
In July 2012, Katy Perry concert doc Part of Me debuted to a disappointing $7.2 million. Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana concert film Best of Both Worlds holds the record for the top concert film opening at the domestic box office ($31 million), while Justin Bieber's concert doc Never Say Never debuted to $29.5 million in February 2011.
Lee Daniels' The Butler continues to impress. Falling to No. 2, the historical drama should gross $18 million for the four-day weekend for a domestic cume of roughly $77 million.
Among the weekend's other newcomers, Lionsgate's Spanish-language comedy Instructions Not Included is easily besting Getaway, starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, and Eric Bana adult thriller Closed Circuit in a surprise upset.
Instructions Not Included -- playing in only 347 theaters -- should hold at No. 5 for the weekend with a stellar gross of $8 million.
Getaway eked out an eighth-placed finish Friday, grossing $1.4 million for a projected four-day debut of $5.3 million (that means it could fall to No. 10). The movie, one of the worst reviewed films of all time, did no better with moviegoers, who gave it a C+.
Directed by Courtney Solomon, the PG-13 film marks the final Dark Castle Entertainment title to be released by Warner Bros., as Joel Silver's production company commences its new deal with Universal. The movie follows a man (Hawke) and his passenger (Spring Breakers star Gomez) who are forced to drive around under the instructions of a person (Jon Voight) who is holding the man's wife hostage.
Opening Wednesday, Closed Circuit is only expected to gross $3.8 million in its first six days from 862 theaters.
From Working Title Films and released by Focus Features in the U.S., Closed Circuit was directed by John Crowley from a script by Steven Knight. The rated-R crime thriller stars Bana and Rebecca Hall as attorneys working on a high-profile case involving a Muslim man accused of setting off a bomb in London. The British thriller has a 41 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.