Magazine article Screen International

One Direction Top UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

One Direction Top UK Box Office

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Sony score second number one in as many weeks as One Direction: This is Us debuts with $5.5m (£3.5m), including previews.

1D fever has hit the UK box office as Morgan Spurlock's One Direction: This is Us has landed top of the chart on its debut.

Sony's documentary scored a $5.5m (£3.5m) opening from its 477 sites, including $2m (£1.3m) in previews.

It could not quite match the opening of Michael Jackson's This is It, which debuted in Nov 2009 with $7.6m (£4.9m) from 498 sites, but it's worth noting that included a hefty $3.2m (£2.03m) in previews. The opening result for This is Us was also heavily skewed towards 3D screenings, with a 78% share.

Now it's just a case of seeing whether the One Direction film can top the $15.3m (£9.8m) generated by Michael Jackson's This is It to become the biggest concert documentary in the UK.

Completing a one-two top of the chart combo for Sony, last week's number one Elysium added $1.9m (£1.2m) in its second weekend.

Neill Blomkamp's sophomore outing is now up to $9.2m (£5.9m) in the UK as it attempts to chase down District 9's $14m (£9m) UK haul.

Also for Sony, sequels Grown Ups 2 and The Smurfs 2 are up to $11.5m (£7.4m) and $16.8m (£10.8m), respectively.WARNER BROS

Posting a strong holdover, We're the Millers enjoyed a $1.7m (£1.12m) second weekend in the UK as it fell to third.

Warner Bros' comedy is now up to $6.3m (£4.1m) after ten days in play, although still has some way to go to match the $15.6m (£10.03m) achieved by director Rawson Marshall Thurber's only other UK release, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

Meanwhile, The Conjuring scared up a further $363,000 (£232,705) for a strong $15.5m (£9.94m) to date and should cross the £10m mark later this week.PARAMOUNT

Marking the distributor's first release since World War Z landed on June 21, Paramount's Pain & Gain charted fourth on debut.

The latest from director Michael Bay achieved a $1.6m (£1.02m) from its 392 sites, including $571,000 (£366,781) in previews.

Direct comparisons are tricky, given the film's somewhat niche appeal, but the film compares favourably with Bad Boys' $1.3m (£843,940) opening back in 1995.DISNEY

Still going along nicely in the UK, Disney's Planes piloted its way to an extra $1. …

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