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LOS ANGELES (AFP) – British boy band One Direction stormed to the top of the North American box-office charts this weekend, estimated figures showed Sunday.

“One Direction: This Is Us”, directed by American documentary film-maker Morgan Spurlock, best known for his 2004 fast-food expose “Super Size Me,” earned $17 million on its debut weekend.

The concert documentary film has generated lukewarm reviews in the United States but with an estimated budget of around $10 million is likely to deliver a hugely profitable box-office hit for Sony.

The film deposed “The Butler” from the top spot, the civil rights epic based on the real-life story of an African-American butler working at the White House which is being tipped as an early contender for Oscars success.

The Lee Daniels movie, starring Forest Whitaker in the title role and Oprah Winfrey as his wife, earned another $14.7 million, taking its three week tally to $74 million.

In third place was raunchy adult comedy “We’re the Millers,” about a bogus family of drug smugglers including Jennifer Aniston as a stripper, earning $12.6 million in theaters.

Fourth spot was claimed by Disney’s animated film “Planes”, a spin-off from Pixar’s “Cars” franchise which took $7.7 million.

In fifth place was the comedy-drama “Instructions Not Included”, Eugenio Derbez’s movie about a Mexican playboy who is suddenly presented with the child from a previous liaison and forced to become a father. The movie took $7.5 million.

Sixth place was occupied by science-fiction drama “Elysium”, the critically acclaimed blockbuster starring Matt Damon about wealthy humans living in an exclusive outer space colony after Earth is ruined.

The film, directed by South Africa’s Neill Blomkamp, added another $6.3 million to take its four-week total to $78.1 million.

“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” a teen-romance demon thriller about a girl who discovers dark secrets from her family’s past, dropped four places to seventh with a meager $5.2 million.

British action disaster comedy “The World’s End” also slipped down the rankings, falling to eighth place from fourth last week with $4.7 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were new entrant “Getaway”, the action thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez with $4.5 million and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” with $4.4 million.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.