As was widely expected, Universal's Riddick debuted in first place this weekend with $19.03 million. However, the third installment of the Vin Diesel led sci-fi franchise did open below a bit below expectations (which tended to range from $20 million to $25 million). Riddick opened 22 percent below the $24.29 million start of 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick (which stands at $31.92 million when adjusting for ticket price inflation). With that said, it should also be noted that with a reported production budget of $38 million, Riddick was far less expensive than The Chronicles of Riddick. Riddick did open 64 percent stronger than the $11.58 million three-day start of 2000's Pitch Black (which stands at $17.53 million when adjusting for inflation); though Riddick is highly likely to be significantly more front-loaded than Pitch Black was.
Riddick took in $7.32 million on Friday (which included an estimated $900,000 from late night shows that began at 8 p.m. on Thursday), fell 1.5 percent on Saturday to gross $7.21 million and slid 37.5 percent on Sunday to gross $4.51 million (Sunday's hold was very solid given the competition from week 1 of the NFL season). The film's opening weekend to Friday ratio was 2.64 to 1. The audience breakdown for Riddick skewed towards male moviegoers (59 percent) and moviegoers over 30 (53 percent). The film received a modest B rating on CinemaScore. That isn't a very promising sign going forward; nor is the upcoming competition the film will face from the release of FilmDistrict's highly anticipated Insidious Chapter 2 next weekend.
After leading the box office for each of the past three weekends, Lee Daniels' The Butler fell to second place this weekend with $8.40 million. The early awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey was down 44 percent from last weekend's three-day frame. The Butler has grossed an impressive $91.40 million through 24 days of release; leaving the film just $8.60 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
Lionsgate's Instructions Not Included held up very nicely this weekend with a take of $8.5 million. The low-budget Eugenio Derbez comedy vehicle from Pantelion Films was up 4 percent over last weekend's surprise debut. Strong word of mouth (the film received an A+ rating on CinemaScore) and expanding into an additional 369 locations this weekend both helped out the film in a big way. Instructions Not Included continued to claim the highest per-location average in the top 10, as it averaged $11,366 from 717 locations. The film took in $1.64 million on Friday, jumped a terrific 102 percent to take in $3.30 million on Saturday and fell just 3 percent on Sunday to gross $3.21 million. Instructions Not Included has grossed $20.36 million through ten days of release and has a strong chance of continuing to hold up very well going forward.
We're the Millers took in $7.69 million to place in fourth. Warner's break-out comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis was down 39 percent from last weekend, which represented a healthy post-Labor Day weekend hold. With a $123.61 million 33-day take, We're the Millers has now out-grossed the $117.54 million total gross of 2011's Horrible Bosses and continues to pad its status as one of the larger surprise hits of this summer.
Disney's Planes claimed fifth place this weekend with $4.12 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated film was down 47 percent and has now grossed $79.12 million in 31 days. Planes continues to benefit from the lack of new competition for family audiences and will continue to do so until Sony's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is released on September 27.
Meanwhile, Sony's One Direction: This Is Us was down a massive 74 percent to land in sixth with $4.05 million. After a strong opening day performance last weekend, the 3D concert documentary has remained largely in free fall since then. With that said, One Direction: This Is Us has still grossed a solid $23.94 million in ten days. That places the film 42 percent ahead of the $16.84 million ten-day start of 2009's Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, but 50 percent behind the $48.18 million ten-day take of 2011's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.