Doc Box Office: ‘One Direction: This Is Us’ is #1 Movie Overall

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The latest 3D pop music doc-buster is not only the best nonfiction opener of the weekend, but it’s also the #1 movie overall*. On 2,735 screens One Direction: This Is Us earned $17m, also making it the second highest-grossing doc of 2013. It’s the seventh doc to open at #1 (for their weekend), and may be the lowest-grossing among them.

Past titles include Jackass 3D ($50m), Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour ($31m), Jackass Number Two ($29m), Fahrenheit 9/11 ($24m), Michael Jackson’s This Is It ($23m) and Jackass: The Movie ($23m). I might be inclined to also include the Sacha Baron Cohen hybrids Borat ($26m), which stayed #1 for two weeks, and Bruno ($31m).

Other titles that opened at number one for their opening day include Earth (opened on a Wednesday and was #1 for two days), Oceans (opened on a Thursday), Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which had a much better opening weekend than This Is Us but fell a few hundred thousand dollars below the comedy Just Go With It at the end of its first weekend.

As for other docs that opened this weekend, Our Nixon picked up roughly $6k on three screens, which isn’t too shabby given that the film has already been airing on CNN for a month. Another CNN Films doc, Girl Rising, reportedly also picked up an additional $10k last week. And just ahead of its home video release, Stories We Tell took in a last-minute additional $5k.

Also last week Blackfish (also CNN Films) made another $215k, 20 Feet From Stardom another $134k, Cutie and the Boxer $45k, The Act of Killing $25k, When Comedy Went to School $21k, Spark: A Burning Man Story $9k, Free the Mind $7k, Rising From Ashes $7k, Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers $3k, Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie $2k, A Band Called Death $2k, How to Make Money Selling Drugs $1k, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me $1k, Hava Nagila: The Movie $154.

Here is the current top 25 doc box office for 2013:

  1. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain — $32.2m
  2. One Direction: This Is Us — $17m
  3. 20 Feet From Stardom — $4.3m
  4. The Gatekeepers — $2.4m
  5. Blackfish — $1.7m
  6. Stories We Tell — $1.6m
  7. Girl Rising — $1.5m
  8. 56 Up — $700k
  9. Searching For Sugar Man — $690k
  10. Chasing Ice — $530k
  11. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorfs — $510k
  12. Sound City — $420k
  13. Dirty Wars — $371k
  14. Hava Nagila: The Movie — $369k
  15. The Act of Killing — $366k
  16. Koch — $343k
  17. Happy People: A Year in the Taiga — $339k
  18. West of Memphis — $288k
  19. Room 237 — $263k
  20. A Place at the Table — $231k
  21. No Place On Earth — $200k
  22. Somm — $174k
  23. We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks — $166k
  24. Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay — $148k
  25. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners — $129k

Data pulled from Box Office Mojo

Some data pointed out by the always dependable A.J. Schnack

* For the four-day Labor Day weekend, This Is Us came in at #2 behind Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

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Christopher Campbell is the founding editor of Nonfics.