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Box office update: 'The Butler' passes 'One Direction' for No. 1 spot on Labor Day; 'Getaway' crashes

Although One Direction: This Is Us topped the box office over the three-day weekend, the boy band couldn’t hold off Lee Daniels’ The Butler over the extended four-day frame. The Weinstein drama surged to $20 million during the Friday-to-Monday period (a 21 percent increase over last weekend), giving the Forest Whitaker showcase $79.3 million total against a $30 million budget. The Butler is now a lock to earn over $100 million domestically, though it won’t be able to achieve a fourth weekend in first place. Riddick will make sure of that.

One Direction: This Is Us finished in second place with $18 million. After an $8.9 million Friday, Sony was expecting This Is Us to earn about $24-25 million over the four-day weekend, but the film’s fangirl appeal made it even more frontloaded than the studio expected. Sony had to downgrade its three-day result from $17 million to $15.8 million this morning — but the film is hardly in trouble. Morgan Spurlock shot the 3-D doc for just $10 million, and it should do gangbusters business on DVD.

We’re the Millers and Planes stuck around in third and fourth place with $15.9 million and $10.7 million, respectively. After four weekends, Millers has earned $112.9 million, while Planes has taken in $73.8 million.

In fifth place, surprise hit Instructions Not Included continued its incredible run, scoring $10 million from 347 theaters over the holiday frame. The Spanish-language film starring Eugenio Derbez notched a sizzling $28,616 per theater average, and distributors Lionsgate and Pantelion plan on expanding the film substantially next weekend.

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

Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez’s critically reviled thriller Getaway crashed and burned on its opening weekend. After four days, the Warner Bros. release, which was produced by Dark Castle Entertainment for $18 million, has grossed an anemic $5.5 million, and word of mouth suggests that moviegoers will continue to “get away” from the picture next weekend.

Box office report: 'One Direction' wins weekend with $17 million; Spanish-language 'Instructions' stuns at No. 5

One Direction: This is Us plummeted 54 percent from Friday ($8.9 million) to Saturday ($4.0 million), but the boy band’s concert film still topped the three-day frame over Labor Day weekend with an estimated $17 million. Audiences, which were 87 percent female and 65 percent below the age of 17, rushed out to the theater on Friday (and awarded This Is Us an “A” CinemaScore), but the film’s intense frontloadedness could open a door for Lee Daniels’ The Butler to surpass it over the four day frame.

One Direction fared better than last year’s Katy Perry: Part of Me, which arrived with a whisper instead of a “Roar” on its opening weekend, grossing only $7.3 million. Yet 1D couldn’t outdo Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which danced up $29 million in its opening frame. (This is guaranteed to anger some Directioners, though fans can brag that This Is Us opened to $5.7 million in the U.K. — 187 percent above Never Say Never.) Sony spent just $10 million on the film, which has already become director Morgan Spurlock’s highest grossing feature ever — ahead of his fast food doc Supersize Me, which found $11.5 million total. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'One Direction: This Is Us' pops on Friday with $8.9 million

One Direction fans are known for being, er, passionate — and their passion sent the boy band’s 3-D concert doc straight to the top of the chart on Friday. One Direction: This Is Us earned $8.9 million on its first day in theaters ($2.7 million of which came from late Thursday shows), easily pummeling the competition. This Is Us, which only cost about $10 million to produce, fared better on its first day than Michael Jackson’s This Is It ($7.4 million), though it trailed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never ($12.4 million). Over the four-day weekend, Sony expects the film to pull in about $24 million, which would make it director Morgan Spurlock’s highest grossing film by far, surpassing Super Size Me‘s $11.5 million total.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler stepped down into second place with $3.6 million, with We’re the Millers close behind in third at $3.1 million. The leggy performers should finish the four-day weekend with $16 million and $14.5 million, respectively.

In fourth place, Planes flew away with $1.7 million, while Elysium rounded out the Top 5 with another $1.6 million. Both holdovers, which are currently in their third weekend, drew bigger crowds than Warner Bros.’ new release Getaway, which pulled in an anemic $1.4 million from 1,553 theaters. The poorly reviewed Ethan Hawke/Selena Gomez vehicle might take in just over $5 million against an $18 million budget across the long weekend.

1. One Direction: This Is Us – $8.9 million
2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – $3.6 million
3. We’re the Millers – $3.1 million
4. Planes – $1.7 million
5. Elysium – $1.6 million

Check back tomorrow for another box office update.

Ethan Hawke on career longevity: 'You gotta get your hands dirty'

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It’s always fascinating to hear seasoned actors talk about how they navigate their careers. Ethan Hawke has had three movies in theaters this year: The critically-acclaimed Before Midnight, the surprise horror hit The Purge, and the fast-car flick Getaway, which opens today and costars Selena Gomez. As Hawke explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle on EW’s Sirius XM channel this week, at some point, he realized he wasn’t a “shapeshifting” character actor — guys like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Vincent D’Onofrio, for example, who embody different people so you don’t recognize them from one role to the next. So he decided he’d push himself by acting in different genres. “So, okay, let’s do Sinister. That director [Scott Derrickson] is crazy smart. He knows what he’s doing. He loves horror movies. I don’t know much about horror movies, but I know a talented person and I know he has something to say. He can use that medium and that genre to do something affecting in the same way that Richard Linklater can make a drama and they’re both unique voices in cinema. And that’s what I kinda chase.”

Why do Getaway? “When I was a kid, I did [1991's] White Fang,” Hawke says. “The people who liked White Fang were, like, 12 at the time — well, they all grow up. They all grow up, and they grow up with you. And I have a feeling that you do a movie like Getaway, and kinda the hope is that you make a fun movie for young people, and I’ll be kinda like the Lee Marvin — I’m the old guy now…. ‘Who’s the old guy with Selena Gomez?’ It’s like, ‘Oh, he’s all right.’ But there’s a whole group of people [who] don’t care about Before Midnight or they don’t know what Reality Bites meant in 1994, you know. If I want to keep working and having something relevant to say, you gotta get your hands dirty. And it’s really hard. You talk about balancing a career — it’s the most difficult thing that they can’t teach you in acting school.”

Listen to the full interview below. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'One Direction: This Is Us' takes on 'The Butler' over Labor Day weekend

Among holidays at the box office, Labor Day tends to be right up there with New Year’s as one of the weakest. Most folks spend the weekend cooking out or catching a few rays before summer is officially “over,” and studios tend to avoid releasing new films — and sometimes, they burn off their duds — during the low-attendance frame. But Sony’s move to open the concert doc One Direction: This Is Us over Labor Day makes sense. No matter when they’d scheduled the film, legions of loyal 1D fangirls would turn out all the same. Nothing comes between them and their boys.

And nothing is coming between One Direction and the number one spot…. except maybe The Butler, which could add a third weekend at No. 1 to its already impressive streak. Either way, both films should earn markedly more than the weekend’s other new wide release, Getaway, whose title seems to mirror most critics’ feelings about it. Here’s how the four-day weekend might play out:

1. One Direction: This Is Us – $22 million
Bring on the teens! The glossy concert film, the latest in the modern wave of pop-docs, will certainly open above last year’s Katy Perry: Part of Me ($7.3 million), but it likely won’t be able to match the debut of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never ($29 million). When Never Say Never was released, the Biebs had reached a level of pop-saturation that One Direction, though massively popular, haven’t quite hit. Still, the band, who recently broke the Today Show‘s attendance record by attracting 18,000 fans to Rockefeller Center and scored two No. 1 albums in 2012, have a passionate fanbase that should push their film to the top of the box office. Over four days, Sony’s $10 million doc, directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), may draw about $22 million — much of which will come from 3-D ticket sales. READ FULL STORY

Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez team up to take down Jon Voight in new 'Getaway' trailer

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The new Getaway trailer is one-third Taken, one-third The Fast and the Furious, and one-third Selena Gomez in a baseball cap. It’s also 100 percent Ethan Hawke getting angry.

Starring Hawke, Gomez, Jon Voight, and Rebecca Budig, Getaway tells the story of a husband who’s forced to perform a series of tasks, including theft and kidnapping, in order to save his kidnapped wife, played by Budig. The husband, Brent, played by Hawke, claims he was targeted because he’s a skilled driver — think Ryan Gosling in Drive. And with The Kid, played by Gomez, as his sidekick, Brent works to save his wife from the evil Jon Voight, whose character is simply The Voice. Car crashes, explosions, and gunfire follow as Brent races against the clock to save his wife’s life.

But Brent can only be forced to do so much before he inevitably decides that he’s through with being bossed around. He tells The Voice, “First, I’m coming for my wife. Then I’m coming for you.” Looks like Brent decides to take revenge, Liam-Neeson style.

Check out the trailer for Getaway below: READ FULL STORY

'Getaway' trailer: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, fast cars, and a kidnapped wife -- VIDEO

In Getaway — starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez — a mysterious voice tells Hawke’s ex-race car driver that his wife will stay alive, as long as he follows the man’s instructions — which seem to mostly be “drive around and shoot.” Gomez plays a hacker who gets taken along for the ride after Hawke steals her Mustang. Judging from the footage in the trailer, Hawke got to perform the majority of this movie while sitting in a car.

Apple has the exclusive trailer that you can watch below:  READ FULL STORY

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