"Lee Daniels' The Butler" edged out a boy-band documentary to maintain the top spot at the North American box office over the long holiday weekend, according to final figures released today.
"The Butler" (which stars local resident and Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker) collected $20.2 million between Friday and Monday to hold onto first place, according to Hollywood.com Box Office.
That was good enough to edge out the debut of "One Direction: This Is Us," a 3-D documentary about the popular British singing group that earned $18.5 million over the long weekend. (And band member Harry Styles stays in Studio City when he is in town.)
The comedy "We're the Millers" continued to be a box-office attraction, earning $16.3 million over the four-day stretch and giving it a four-week total of $113.2 million.
Disney's animated "Planes" took fourth place with $10.9 million, followed by the surprise hit "Instructions Not Included," which took in $10.4 million to give it the largest-ever Spanish-language opening in North America.
Rounding out the top 10 films of the holiday weekend were "Elysium" ($8.4 million); "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" ($7.1 million); "The World's End" ($6.5 million); "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" ($6.2 million); and "Getaway" ($4.5 million).