The Butler Remains No. 1 After Fighting Off Labor Day Weekend Competition

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Forest Whitaker Lee Daniels talk about the bigger meaning behind The Butler

Lee Daniels’ The Butler was the No. 1 movie in the United States for a third weekend in the row, after earning $20 million in ticket sales over the long Labor Day weekend.

The film came in second to newcomer “One Direction: This Is Us” for the regular three-day  weekend, but “The Butler” ultimately regained the top spot after a boost Monday, which pushed “One Direction” to second place with its $18 million haul.

“The Butler” tells the story of an African-American man who served as a White House butler for eight presidents, and it has grossed $79.3 million in ticket sales since opening on Aug. 16, according to Hollywood.com on Monday.

Coming in third place was Warner Bros’ Jennifer Aniston hit, “We’re the Millers,” followed by Disney’s animated film, “Planes 3D” at No. 4 and the Spanish-language sleeper hit “Instructions Not Included” at No. 5.

Despite its beefed-up cast, including Selena Gomez and Ethan Hawke, “Getaway” took the No. 10 spot, debuting to an awful $5.5 million.

Here are the top ten movies at box office for Aug. 30 – Sept. 2:

  1. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” – $20 million
  2. “One Direction: This Is Us” – $18 million
  3. “We’re the Millers” – $15.9 million
  4. “Planes” – $10.7 million
  5. “Instructions Not Included” – $10 million
  6. “Elysium” – $8.3 million
  7. “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” – $6.8 million
  8. “The World’s End” – $6.5 million
  9. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” – $5.9 million
  10. “Getaway” – $5.5 million
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