In case that line of school buses didn’t tip you off, summer is officially done. In box office terms, that means acclimating to September and its more-modest movie prospects – starting with Riddick. As the weekend’s only major studio release, the sci-fi sequel pulled in an estimated $7.3 million from 3,107 locations on Friday. That points to a first weekend of about $18 million for Riddick: a substantial drop from the $23 million that Universal was hoping for. That would have been in line with the $24.2 million debut of Chronicles of Riddick in June 2004. Of course, that film ended as a big disappointment with its worldwide total of just $115.7 million.
Holdovers made up the remainder of Friday’s top five, including Instructions Not Included. The Spanish-language comedy expanded its run to 717 locations this weekend after stunning the box office with one of the summer’s most impressive debuts over the Labor Day holiday. Check back tomorrow for full details.
|2.||Lee Daniels’ The Butler||$2,370,000||$85.37|
|3.||We’re The Millers||$2,300,000||$118.2|
|4.||Instructions Not Included||$1,640,000||$13.8|
|5.||One Direction: This Is Us||$1,165,000||$21|