Weekend Box Office: September Starts Soft with $18.6 Million RIDDICK Debut

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The September box office kicked off with a single major debut: Universal’s Riddick. After the crazy-crowded summer season, you might think that a break from the competition would guarantee Riddick a robust start. You’d be wrong. The sci-fi sequel wound up with a mediocre estimate of $18.6 million from 3,107 locations instead of the $20-$25 million that many expected. Surrounded by holdovers that are now weeks past their prime, Riddick’s poor showing also helped September’s inaugural frame qualify as 2013’s weakest to date.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Riddick $18,673,000 $18.6
2.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $8,900,000 $91.9
3.  Instructions Not Included $8,100,000 $21.3
4.  We’re the Millers $7,925,000 $123.8
5.  Planes $4,274,000 $79.2
6.  One Direction: This IS Us $4,100,000 $23.9
7.  Elysium $3,100,000 $85
8.  Blue Jasmine $2,688,000 $25.4
9.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $2,500,000 $59.8
10.  The World’s End $2,302,000 $21.7

Friday Box Office: RIDDICK Seizes $7.3 Million

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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.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Riddick $7,300,000 $7.3
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

Vin Diesel Provides Updates on RIDDICK Release Date and Sequels

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Vin Diesel recently posted some updates on his Facebook page that suggest we might be seeing Riddick as early as January of next year.  Principal photography wrapped recently on Riddick, the third film in a franchise that started with Pitch Black. While Diesel was hoping to see a release in 2012, this comes as a good sign that the studio is happy with what they’re seeing.  That bodes well, not only for Riddick, but for the potential sequels if Riddick proves commercially successful.  Be sure to check out some images from set here. The extensive cast includes Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Molla, Bokeem Woodbine, David Bautista, Matt Nable, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk, and Keri Hilson. Hit the jump to see what Diesel had to say.

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