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One Direction movie edges out 'The Butler' to top box office

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Aug. 26, 2013: Members of One Direction, from left, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, and Liam Payne at the premiere of the film "One Direction:This Is Us," at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. (ap)

A film about popular British boy band One Direction captured the U.S. holiday weekend box office, edging out "The Butler" from the top spot.

Reuters reports "One Direction: This is Us,'' a Sony Pictures/TriStar release, clinched the top spot with ticket sales of $17 million.

Lee Daniels' civil rights drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, which had held the top spot for two weeks straight, came in second with $14.7 million.

Warner Bros.' comedy "We're the Millers,'' starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, was third with $12.6 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters.   

The numbers did not include projected sales for Monday's Labor Day holiday. 

Reuters contributed to this report

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