Weekend Box Office: Riddick Takes Number One, Topping Everyone Except Himself

By Scott Gwin 2013-09-08 16:01:04discussion comments
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As the only new movie in theaters it was expected that Vin Diesel's Riddick would take the top spot, but number one was no box office coup for the sci-fi antihero as ticket sales suggest he may have been better off without another sequel.

The third live-action entry in the Riddick franchise (most people never knew about the animated short movie and it's probably better that way) didn't hold up against its predecessor. The Chronicles of Riddick opened with $24 million when it hit screens back in 2004. Now, almost ten years later, Riddick only banked $18 million. It's no financial disaster (the movie came in on a very modest $38 million budget) but it's not exactly a ringing endorsement either.

Last weekend's surprise contender, foreign film Instructions Not Included, saw its release size doubled to 700+ theaters this weekend and with that came a boost in sales and rank. With a small bump to $8.1 million, the movie had the highest per theater take in the top ten and snuck into the top three, just edging out We're The Millers.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

1.
Riddick    $18,673,000 Total: $18,673,000 LW: N     
THTRS: 3,107
2.
Lee Daniels' The Butler    $8,900,000 Total: $91,901,000 LW: 2    
THTRS: 3,330
3.
Instructions Not Included $8,100,000 Total: $20,312,000 LW: 4    
THTRS: 717
4.
We're the Millers    $7,925,000 Total: $123,844,000 LW: 3    
THTRS: 3,445
5.
Planes    $4,274,000 Total: $79,279,000 LW: 5    
THTRS: 3,033
6.
One Direction: This is Us    $4,100,000 Total: $23,991,000 LW: 1    
THTRS: 2,735
7.
Elysium    $3,100,000 Total: $85,077,000 LW: 6    
THTRS: 2,241
8.
Blue Jasmine    $2,688,000 Total: $25,449,000 LW: 12    
THTRS: 1,069
9.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters    $2,500,000 Total: $59,848,000 LW: 10    
THTRS: 2,045
10.
The World's End    $2,302,000 Total: $21,737,000 LW: 8    
THTRS: 1,520

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