Oprah's Butler serves up box office win ahead of One Direction
(REUTERS) - Civil rights drama Lee Daniels' The Butler continued to serve up box office victories with US$20 million (S$25.5 million) in ticket sales over the long United States (US) Labour Day weekend, leading Hollywood's box office for the third straight weekend.
Hollywood box office tracking services had given the crown to the concert film One Direction: This is Us, featuring the red hot British boy band, based on estimates on Sunday morning, before the US holiday on Monday.
The Butler, the story of an African American man who served as a White House butler for eight US presidents, has grossed US$79.3 million in ticket sales since opening on Aug 16, according to Hollywood.com on Monday.
The film, distributed by the Weinstein Company, is generating awards season buzz and stars Forest Whitaker as the title character opposite Oprah Winfrey as his hard-drinking wife.