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Weekend Box Office Report: September 6-8, 2013

Sep. 8, 2013by: Dave Davis

Riddick stalks the box office!

On what is traditionally one of the slowest box office weekends of the year, Vin Diesel unleashed his Furyan ferocity to thrust RIDDICK to the top with an opening of $18.6 million.

A labor of love for the actor, Diesel's R-rated return to the smooth-headed slayer of mercs and beasts was met with a less-than-interstellar 'B' CinemaScore from audiences and a somewhat chilly critical response (59% average on Rotten Tomatoes). At least it was a lean sequel for the cult-fave galactic felon, tightening down to a reported $38 million budget for his third time on the big screen.

The RIDDICK flicks were never box office blockbusters (PITCH BLACK made $53 million worldwide; $115.8 million globally for CHRONICLES), but Diesel's international profile has since increased significantly thanks to being both fast and furious -- FAST FIVE and SIX made most of their considerable wealth overseas, so it will be interesting to see if those same crowds will now also converge for his planet-hopping badass.

Taking second place once again was LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER, adding another $8.9 million toward an assured $100+ million milestone. Meanwhile the (mostly) Spanish-language comedy INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED is benefiting from a precious 'A+' CinemaScore, adding another few hundred screens and pushing up to third place with $8.1 million (and easily the highest per-screen average in the Top 10).

The weed-smuggling comedy WE'RE THE MILLERS is still motoring along, now in fourth with $7.9 million. With another $4.2 million, Disney's PLANES continues to keep aloft in the middle of the chart, and without any family alternatives for another few weeks (CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 on the 27th), it will probably stay in that holding pattern.

As usual for concert films, hardcore boy-band fans lined up for opening weekend and then abandoned them, sinking ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US to sixth place with $4.1 million -- a 74% nose-dive from its opening last week. ELYSIUM is somehow still keeping a grip on the chart as other newer releases slide out of sight, while Woody Allen's BLUE JASMINE resurfaces in the Top 10 as it becomes the filmmaker's fifth highest earner.

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS and THE WORLD'S END hang onto the bottom of the list as GETAWAY heads to the car crusher and THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES smothers that franchise possibility. In limited release, SALINGER remained reclusive as the new documentary about the author made an unexceptional $22k per-screen average.

Next weekend has Robert De Niro back in the world of mobsters for Luc Besson's action-comedy THE FAMILY, while more low-cost scares occur in INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2.

What is your favorite Vin Diesel role? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Riddick $18.6 M
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2. The Butler $8.9 M $91.9 M
3. Instructions Not Included $8.1 M $20.3 M
4. We're the Millers $7.9 M $123.8 M
5. Planes $4.2 M $79.2 M
6. One Direction: This Is Us $4.1 M $23.9 M
7. Elysium $3.1 M $85 M
8. Blue Jasmine $2.6 M $25.4 M
9. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $2.5 M $59.8 M
10. The World's End $2.3 M $21.7 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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4:10PM on 09/11/2013

I swear.......

Oprah has been buying out theaters just to make The Butler look successful, my buddy works at a theater and has said there have been days when not one ticket was sold for that movie.
Oprah has been buying out theaters just to make The Butler look successful, my buddy works at a theater and has said there have been days when not one ticket was sold for that movie.
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6:41AM on 09/09/2013
Good stuff - might not be a great opening...but for marketing purposes...at least they can put US box office number 1 movie or some sh*t like that on the posters. Will probably have to catch this on DVD...as I got no one to go with to the movies :o(
Good stuff - might not be a great opening...but for marketing purposes...at least they can put US box office number 1 movie or some sh*t like that on the posters. Will probably have to catch this on DVD...as I got no one to go with to the movies :o(
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4:56AM on 09/09/2013

Riddick !!!!

It was one hell of a ride ! Gore, violent, bad-ass, great character and a ton of fun !! I want more !!!!! Thanks to vin and david to follow their passions !
It was one hell of a ride ! Gore, violent, bad-ass, great character and a ton of fun !! I want more !!!!! Thanks to vin and david to follow their passions !
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1:18AM on 09/09/2013
Glad to see Riddick at number 1 spot. I hope this means more Riddick movies for us fans.
Glad to see Riddick at number 1 spot. I hope this means more Riddick movies for us fans.
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12:02AM on 09/09/2013
I got to check out Riddick earlier this evening and it was a lot of fun. It's not particularly the most welcome film for those not familiar with the character, but fans will love it.
I got to check out Riddick earlier this evening and it was a lot of fun. It's not particularly the most welcome film for those not familiar with the character, but fans will love it.
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9:39PM on 09/08/2013

Riddick!

and what the hell is "Instructions Not Included?"
and what the hell is "Instructions Not Included?"
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8:56PM on 09/08/2013
A $18.6 million opening may not be a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, but I'm glad Riddick's topped this weekend's box office.
A $18.6 million opening may not be a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, but I'm glad Riddick's topped this weekend's box office.
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7:30PM on 09/08/2013
I'm glad people saw Riddick. It was a fun movie and Riddick is a great character. They still haven't really answered any questions from Chronicles, so I am hoping there's another film to wrap up this saga.
I'm glad people saw Riddick. It was a fun movie and Riddick is a great character. They still haven't really answered any questions from Chronicles, so I am hoping there's another film to wrap up this saga.
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5:55PM on 09/08/2013

When is a 22k theater average "unexceptional"?

It's a documentary, so it's not going to be doing gangbusters. But c'mon, opening in 4 theaters and bringing in 90 grand? This isn't like Disney Animated Movies in the 90s where they put it in 2 theaters and made a million dollars. Hell I didn't even know the movie existed until I saw a trailer at the Indy-theater in town.
It's a documentary, so it's not going to be doing gangbusters. But c'mon, opening in 4 theaters and bringing in 90 grand? This isn't like Disney Animated Movies in the 90s where they put it in 2 theaters and made a million dollars. Hell I didn't even know the movie existed until I saw a trailer at the Indy-theater in town.
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6:59PM on 09/08/2013
A limited release is used to see how a film performs in key markets (NY and LA, usually) as an indicator of how it may perform if/when it expands, and can also determine how many or how few screens will get added in subsequent weeks. When something like FRUITVALE STATION opens in limited release to $55k per-screen, or even the documentary ACT OF KILLING with $27k per-screen, yes, $22k per-screen is decent but not exceptional. Putting it out on one of the slowest weekends didn't help.

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A limited release is used to see how a film performs in key markets (NY and LA, usually) as an indicator of how it may perform if/when it expands, and can also determine how many or how few screens will get added in subsequent weeks. When something like FRUITVALE STATION opens in limited release to $55k per-screen, or even the documentary ACT OF KILLING with $27k per-screen, yes, $22k per-screen is decent but not exceptional. Putting it out on one of the slowest weekends didn't help.

Not sure if you're a troll or a know-it-all, but it seems like I'm having to justify my comments to you a lot, dude.
7:47PM on 09/08/2013
In either case, don't take me too seriously.
In either case, don't take me too seriously.
5:38PM on 09/08/2013
I finally took the Golden Mile to The World's End. Like its predecessors it's a movie that gets better the more I think about it.

Pleasantly surprised with the Riddick verdict this week. I honestly was expecting it to be one of those movies that only the fans would turn out to see, since R-rated sci-fi hasn't had a great track-record lately. I just hope if they continue making movies with this guy, they don't make him too much of a hero.
I finally took the Golden Mile to The World's End. Like its predecessors it's a movie that gets better the more I think about it.

Pleasantly surprised with the Riddick verdict this week. I honestly was expecting it to be one of those movies that only the fans would turn out to see, since R-rated sci-fi hasn't had a great track-record lately. I just hope if they continue making movies with this guy, they don't make him too much of a hero.
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5:25PM on 09/08/2013
Think what you want about Vin Diesel but I reckon it's pretty cool the way he makes a genuine effort to return to this character and support a film franchise he seems to enjoy and appreciates the fans this role has gained him. I don't know why that's a rare thing but he's out there making movies that probably wouldn't happen if he wasn't personally making an extra effort to get them done. To quote Stuntman Mike, "in my book, he's alright".
Think what you want about Vin Diesel but I reckon it's pretty cool the way he makes a genuine effort to return to this character and support a film franchise he seems to enjoy and appreciates the fans this role has gained him. I don't know why that's a rare thing but he's out there making movies that probably wouldn't happen if he wasn't personally making an extra effort to get them done. To quote Stuntman Mike, "in my book, he's alright".
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5:20PM on 09/08/2013

RIDDICK

I too am glad to see Riddick top the box office and hope for more sequels. This was a good film and a good continuation of the Riddick series. The tongue and cheek stuff is what makes Riddick. Yeah, some people think the Anti-hero schtick is played out but not me. I'm all over it. Who knows if we'll get another but hope so.
I too am glad to see Riddick top the box office and hope for more sequels. This was a good film and a good continuation of the Riddick series. The tongue and cheek stuff is what makes Riddick. Yeah, some people think the Anti-hero schtick is played out but not me. I'm all over it. Who knows if we'll get another but hope so.
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2:04PM on 09/08/2013
Glad to see Riddick get the top spot. Hopefully we can get another sequel.
Glad to see Riddick get the top spot. Hopefully we can get another sequel.
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