Lee Daniels' The Butler led the way on Tuesday with $1.35 million. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company was down 75 percent from Monday. The daily decline was quite understandable as Tuesday's grosses in general were down sharply from Monday's Labor Day inflated grosses. Compared to last Tuesday, The Butler was down a very solid 38 percent. The Butler topped the $80 million mark yesterday and has grossed a strong $80.81 million in 19 days. That leaves the film just $19.19 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
Warner's We're the Millers claimed second place with $1.05 million. The break-out comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis fell 71 percent from Monday and 36 percent from last Tuesday. We're the Millers continues to strengthen its surprise hit status as it has now grossed $114.29 million through four weeks of release.
Lionsgate's Instructions Not Included continued its strong start on Tuesday with $0.683 million from 348 locations. That gave the low-budget Eugenio Derbez comedy vehicle a terrific per-location average of $1,963 for the day, along with a third place finish. Instructions Not Included has grossed $11.06 million in five days, which already makes it the highest grossing film ever for Pantelion Films. Lionsgate will expand Instructions Not Included into additional locations on Friday.
Sony's One Direction: This Is Us placed in fourth with $0.603 million (just ahead of the $0.601 million daily gross of fellow Sony release Elysium). The 3D concert documentary was down a sharp 77 percent from Monday, as continued front-loading and the film's younger target audience being back in school both took a toll on the film on Tuesday. One Direction: This Is Us has grossed $19.08 million in five days, which is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. The film is currently running 42 percent behind the $33.08 million five-day take of 2011's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and 43 percent ahead of the $13.34 million five-day start of 2009's Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.