Weekend box office: Riddick dethrones Lee Daniels' The Butler
At this point, I think the only true fans of the Riddick franchise are star Vin Diesel and director David Twohy. They’ve been obsessed with bringing Riddick back to the big screen for several years and the result is about $18 million at the weekend box office. That’s not really that bad of an opening since THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK only opened to $24 million back in 2004. But to put it in perspective, Chronicles cost about $105 million to make while RIDDICK only cost about $40 million. When you factor in international tickets and the eventual haul the film will make on Blu-ray, I’d say RIDDICK is a success. RIDDICK was the only wide release this weekend, so it went unopposed. There were a few smaller releases like the J.D. Salinger documentary SALINGER and the indie TOUCHY FEELY, neither of which cracked the top ten. Holdovers LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, WE’RE THE MILLERS and the surprise hit INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED all continued to do very well, rounding out the top four.
Next week looks like it will be another lackluster showing at the weekend box office. We have INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2, which might be coming out two months too soon. Then we have THE FAMILY, which stars Robert De Niro. Remember when that really used to mean something? Nowadays his name has a completely different connotation given some of the bombs he’s been in lately. We only have one week to go until we can start catching some Oscar hopefuls. PRISONERS opens the week after and then RUSH the following week. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Riddick $18.6m
2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler $8.9m
3. Instructions Not Included $8.1m
4. We’re The Millers $7.9m
5. Planes $4.2m
6. One Direction: This Is Us $4.1m
7. Elysium $3.1m
8. Blue Jasmine $2.7m
9. Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters $2.5m
10. The World’s End $2.3m