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Vin Diesel’s “Riddick” rocked the box-office with $18.7 million in North America during a slow weekend. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” $8.9 million moves a spot down to second place with “Instructions Not Included” $8.1 million in third place.

Riddick-2013

Riddick 2013

Quick comparison to its predecessors:

 Releases Opening weekend Total
“Pitch Black” 2000 $11.6M $39M
“The Chronicles of Riddick” 2004 $24.3M $58M
“Riddick” 2013 $18.7M  TBA

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Screen capture: It’s coming!

The new take on the movie franchise promised to be “darker” and more in tune with the successful formula introduced with “Pitch Black”. GeekShizzle was initially not excited about the prospects of the third installment due to the poor ratings received for “The Chronicles of Riddick”. Director David Twohy’s “back to basic” approach and the red band trailer is more than enough reason to be more excited about “Riddick”.

Top 10 at the box office this weekend

1. “Riddick” – $18.7 million
2. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” – $8.9 million
3. “Instructions Not Included” – $8.1 million
4. “We’re the Millers” – $7.9 million
5. “Planes” – $4.3 million
6. “One Direction: This Is Us” – $4.1 million
7. “Elysium” – $3.1 million
8. “Blue Jasmine” – $2.6 million
9. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” – $2.5 million
10. “The World’s End” – $2.3 million