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Summer movies pay off at the box office

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Despite some spectacular flops, Hollywood’s summer concluded with a record $4.7 billion in box-office revenue. The summer movie season closed out on Labor Day weekend as the boy band concert film ‘‘One Direction: This Is Us’’ took in an estimated $18 million from Friday to Monday for Sony Pictures, according to studio estimates Monday. That wasn’t enough to unseat Lee Daniels’s “The Butler,’’ which stayed on top with $20 million. It was a positive note to end the summer for Hollywood. More than ever before, the industry packed the summer months with big-budget blockbusters that ranged from the hugely successful ‘‘Iron Man 3’’ to the disastrous ‘‘The Lone Ranger.’’ The box office saw a 10.2 percent increase over last summer, with attendance rising 6.6 percent.

Grey matters

“Good moaning all. Hold on to your hats . . .” — Author E.L. James, in a Labor Day tweet just before she announced that Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam have been cast as the leads in the film adaptation of her erotic bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

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