Vin Diesel light up what is usually a dark after Labor Day box office period, with Universal’s franchise pic “Riddick” scoring a solid estimated $18.7 million in the states alone!
The film claimed the weekend’s No. 1 spot, unseating the Weinstein Co.’s “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which fell to second place with $8.9 million. The three-week champ, which fell just 40% in its fourth frame, reached $91.9 million Stateside through Sunday.
Total domestic box office was up over this time last year by roughly 25%, thanks also to a excellent expansion for Lionsgate-Pantelion’s “Instructions Not Included.” The Hispanic-targeted feature film earned $8.1 million from just 717 locations, up from 384 last weekend.