by Matt Marshall
After a lengthy 9-year hiatus, Vin Diesel’s Riddick franchise returned to the big screen pulling in nearly $19 million its opening weekend. Even with nearly a decade of ticket inflation, Riddick found itself outmatched by its previous installment, The Chronicles of Riddick, which debuted with $24 million in 2004. While Riddick earned the top spot this weekend, the Vin Diesel-starred sci-fi film debuted in the year’s weakest frame to date at the weekend box office.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler maintained its second place position for the second consecutive week, continuing its pursuit for the century mark. Last week’s shocker Instructions Not Included and pot comedy We’re the Millers swapped spots, performing stronger this weekend than the rest of the top competition while Planes stayed on track with another fifth place finish.
Last week’s champion One Direction: This is Us plummeted a startling 74%, settling for sixth place. Expect the boy band concert film to lose a good portion of its screens next weekend. Summer comedy hit This is the End returned to theaters over the weekend with hopes of crossing $100 million. The Seth Rogen comedy grossed an additional $2 million, bring its domestic total to just under $99 million.
Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s
#1 – Riddick (NR)
$18.7 million / $18.7 million total
While Riddick opened weaker than The Chronicles of Riddick and in 300 additional theaters, a $19 million opening for Vin Diesel isn’t all that terrible considering it’s going head-to-head with the first weekend of the NFL. Also, The Chronicles of Riddick opened in June, while Riddick debuted in September, giving Chronicles an additional advantage. Expect Riddick to burn through its domestic run rather quickly with Insidious Chapter 2 on the radar this coming weekend.
#2 – Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2)
$8.9 million / $91.9 million total
Since The Butler came out five weeks ago, countless films have already fallen off the Top 5 charts – One Direction, The Mortal Instruments, The World’s End, yet this political drama about the tenure of a White House butler continues to remain steady hovering between the top two spots. By the end of next weekend, The Butler will have crossed $100 million with even more success expected in the weeks to come.
#3 – Instructions Not Included (4)
$8.1 million / $20.3 million total
Doubling its theater count from last week’s Labor Day haul to over 700, Instructions Not Included increased 3% in its second weekend adding an additional $8 million during the Fri-Sun frame. With more theaters now offering Instructions Not Included, the breakout foreign film should be a given on the Top 5 charts for another week, possibly two. Instructions Not Included is already ranked in the Top 10 grossing foreign films and will climb into the Top 5 in the coming weeks.
#4 – We’re the Millers (3)
$7.9 million / $123.8 million total
Even after losing its third place spot this week to Instructions Not Included, We’re the Millers just won’t quit. The Jennifer Aniston pot comedy racked up another $8 million, bringing its five-week total to about $124 million. Millers is currently the widest film in release and at its current rate, the ceiling for Millers continues to rise and rise with $140 million run guaranteed.
#5 – Planes (5)
$4.3 million / $79.3 million total
Planes certainly took the hardest hit coming out the Labor Day frame dropping 45% from last weekend, but that’s not stopping Disney’s latest animated film from enjoying another week on the Top 5 charts. With an additional $4.3 million added to its near $80 million cume, Planes is gliding towards the end of its run with kids back in school. Planes looks to wrap up its run around $85-90 million.
Opening Next Week: Insidious Chapter 2, The Family
Source: Box Office Mojo
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.