One Direction top North American box office
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - British boy band One Direction stormed to the top of the North American box-office charts this weekend, estimated figures showed Sunday.
One Direction: This Is Us, directed by American documentary film-maker Morgan Spurlock, best known for his 2004 fast-food expose Super Size Me" earned US$17 million (S$21.7 million) on its debut weekend.
The concert documentary film has generated lukewarm reviews in the United States but with an estimated budget of around US$10 million is likely to deliver a hugely profitable box-office hit for Sony.
The film deposed The Butler from the top spot, the civil rights epic based on the real-life story of an African-American butler working at the White House which is being tipped as an early contender for Oscars success.