Diesel-Fueled ‘Riddick’ Breaks ‘Butler’ Streak

Sci-Fi Three-Quel Wins 1st Box Office Weekend of Fall 2013

September 10, 2013 by

After needing the extra Labor Day of an extended holiday weekend to become the first movie of the year to three-peat at the domestic box office, Oscar buzzy historical drama The Butler finally ran out of gas at the top spot and settled for second place behind Riddick, one of our most anticipated movies of the year. Fueled by Vin Diesel, the sci-fi three-quel debuted in first place and marked the first official movie weekend of the fall season, which also turned out to be the lowest total gross at the box office so far this year. Summer is definitely over.

Continuing its impressive run after scoring the highest opening ever for a Spanish language movie the previous weekend, Mexican dramedy Instructions Not Included jumped a couple slots up to third place thanks to expanding to more theaters. Fourth place went to drug-smuggling comedy We’re the Millers in its fifth weekend, and rounding out the top five was Planes, Disney’s 3D computer-animated spin-off to Pixar’s Cars.

Opening this Friday the 13th are horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 (directed by James Wan, fresh off the success of The Conjuring less than a couple months ago) and action comedy The Family (directed by Luc Besson and starring Robert De Niro).

Here are the numbers for the top five over the weekend via BOM:

  1. Riddick — Weekend Gross: $19.0 million — Total Gross: $19.0 million (new)
  2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler — Weekend Gross: $8.4 million — Total Gross: $91.4 million (#1 last week)
  3. Instructions Not Included — Weekend Gross: $8.1 million — Total Gross: $20.4 million (#5 last week)
  4. We’re the Millers — Weekend Gross: $7.7 million — Total Gross: $123.6 million (#3 last week)
  5. Planes — Weekend Gross: $4.1 million — Total Gross: $79.1 million (#4 last week)

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  • Veeto

    Riddick is (maybe) the best chapter in the trilogy. I hope will increase the gains, because the Tigon Studios is back in action for a new videogame.

    • I would have to disagree… if I can find the time to write up a review. I enjoyed it, certain parts were more memorable than the first two, but I would say it was the weakest and the low budget really showed in certain areas. Then again, I’m also in the minority that really enjoyed Chronicles of Riddick in liked it more than Pitch Black.

      • I thought I was the only person who liked Chronicles more than Pitch Black! I haven’t had a chance to check out Riddick yet, but you know what probably beats all 3? Escape From Butcher Bay on Xbox Zero. Awesome game!!!