Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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September 3rd, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

"One Direction: This Is Us" was top at the box office during Labor Day weekend, proving that One Direction's star power extends to the movie theater. The film earned $17 million. Despite their humble beginnings, five young men manage to become international pop stars, winning the hearts of millions of fans. While many people are familiar with the band's tunes, not many people know about the ups and downs of the musicians' path to stardom. The documentary has a PG rating for mild language.

Continuing Films

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" brought in $14,742,000 during the weekend of August 30. The drama has brought in more than $74 million in total. In 1957, Cecil Gaines accepts a position working in the White House. From his vantage point as a butler, Cecil watches presidents from Eisenhower to Reagan handle civil rights dilemmas and nationwide tragedies. Through it all, Cecil tries to stay strong and hopeful. The movie's PG-13 rating is due to violence, disturbing imagery, thematic elements, language, smoking, and mature content.

"We're the Millers" saw profits of $12,610,000. Overall, the comedy has earned more than $109 million. David has a chance to redeem himself after a snafu. The problem is that his boss wants him to smuggle drugs across the border. Hoping to project a more innocent image, David hires a group of strangers to pose as an all-American family. Crude mature content, brief graphic nudity, drug content, and language contribute to an R rating.

"Planes" saw total profits rise over $70 million, thanks to weekend earnings of $7,756,000. Dusty Crophopper wants to finally overcome his fear of heights and become a great racer. This is easier said than done, however. With the help of his friends, Dusty trains hard and works harder in preparation for the epic Wings Across the World race. The film has a PG rating for rude humor and mild action.

"Elysium" earned $6,300,000, bringing overall earnings to more than $78 million. In the future, a luxurious space station houses all of humanity's most advanced technology. Only an elite few can make use of this technology. Desperate to survive, one man decides to infiltrate the space station, even if this is a nearly impossible task. "Elysium" is rated R for language and strong bloody violence.

"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" has seen profits of over $22 million overall. During Labor Day weekend, the film brought in $5,200,000. When teenage Clary meets a mysterious, brooding young man, she quickly realizes that he is different from everyone else she knows. Not only is he a powerful demon-hunter, but Jace can also help Clary get in touch with her secret legacy. The fantasy has a PG-13 rating for intense sequences of fantasy action and violence, as well as for suggestive content.

"The World's End" earned $4,759,494 during the holiday weekend, with total profits now equaling more than $16 million. The World's End is the name of a fabled pub that Gary and his pals hope to finally visit. Their big plans end up interrupted by the impending end of the world. Gary realizes that he and his friends may hold the planet's best shot at survival. The R rating is due to pervasive language that includes mature references.

Movies to DVD

"Now You See Me" arrives out on DVD on Tuesday, September 3. A flashy new act in Los Vegas is getting tongues wagging. The illusionists end their show with a heist that involves actual money, stolen from actual locations. When the authorities get involved, they will need to forget everything they know about reality versus magic. The film's PG-13 rating is due to language, action, and mature content.

"The Iceman" stars Michael Shannon as Richard Kuklinski, a family man with a dark secret. Dedicated to his wife and daughters, Richard leads a double life with dangerous implications. His work as a contract killer could end up threatening everything and everyone that Richard holds dear. "The Iceman" has an R rating for pervasive language, strong violence, and mature content.

"From Up on Poppy Hill" is a film from Goro Miyazaki, son of director Hayao Miyazaki. In 1960s Japan, Umi is a young girl attending a boarding school. She decides to work with her friends to refurbish one of the school's dilapidated buildings, but the task is harder than she anticipates. The animated film has a PG rating for mild thematic elements and some images of smoking.

"The English Teacher" stars Julianne Moore as Linda, a prim high school English teacher whose quiet existence is turned upside down. After she has the bright idea to stage a former student's play at her school, the English teacher faces some comical problems and obstacles from all sides. Language and mature content contribute to the film's R rating.