Even a legion of ardent teenage girls was unable to overpower
Heading into the four-day holiday, pre-release audience surveys indicated that a new 3-D concert documentary about the U.K.-based boy band
"The Butler," about a devoted White House employee played by
Meanwhile, even though "This Is Us" came in a bit below industry expectations and two other new films --
Not surprisingly, "This Is Us" attracted a strong female contingent. Roughly 87% of the audience were women, and 65% were under the age of 17. Those who saw the movie loved it, assigning it an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore. Shot during the first six months of 2013, the movie is directed by "Super Size Me" filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who trailed the group on their current world tour.
Overseas, "This Is Us" launched in 53 foreign countries including Mexico and France and grossed $14.5 million. As expected, the film performed best in the band's native U.K., selling $5.7 million worth of tickets there.
Tweens weren't as eager to see former "Wizards of Wavery Place" star
As much as critics hated it -- the film has an embarrassing 2% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- audiences disliked it, too, giving the film an average grade of C+. The picture stars Gomez as a computer whiz who helps a man (
Gomez, 21, has had better luck singing than acting. The one-time
Playing in 870 locations, the thriller "Closed Circuit" had a dismal debut. The film starring