After several months of non-stop blockbusters and summer tent-pole movies, we’re entering the itis phase of the year after that visual feast for the eyes. The box office is seeing smaller takes every single weekend, with the majority of new releases struggling to break through the $20 million debut mark.
Vin Diesel’s latest film was no stranger to this fact. But it was still a king at the end of the day.
Making just over $18 million over the weekend, Riddick didn’t stray too far from predictions and expectations. That total was higher than the first outing of the anti-hero, Pitch Black, but way lower than the Chronicles of Riddick which debuted back in 2004. Mind you though, that film had a far bigger budget and expectations to go with it, and proved to be a flop.
Still, this incarnation of Riddick looks set to be a decent money-earner that’ll spend a couple of weeks at the box office, and star Vin Diesel and director David Twohy will most likely walk out with grins on their faces. Here’s a look at how everyone else did over the weekend at the North American box office:
- Riddick – $18.6 Million
- Lee Daniel’s The Butler – $8.9 Million
- Instructions not included – $8.1 Million
- We’re the Millers – $7.9 Million
- Planes – $4.2 Million
- One Direction: This is us – $4.1 Million
- Elysium – $3.1 Million
- Blue Jasmine – $2.6 Million
- Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – $2.5 Million
- The World’s End – $2.3 Million
Elysium held up well for another week in the top ten. Up one place to number six, the film has made $212 million worldwide so far. One Direction saw a massive plunge in popularity at the circuit, dropping from their number one spot to five this past weekend, most likely due to the fact that people found Vin Diesel to be infinitely more interesting than yet another f$%^ng boy band film. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones did a hasty exit from the top ten over the weekend.
The latest stab at grabbing Twilight pie did not end well, as that film struggled to make $36.9 million worldwide. And that’s after a mere three weeks at the movies.
Last Updated: September 9, 2013