Box Office: ‘Riddick’ Takes #1 Spot In the First Fall Season Debut

By Will Ashton

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The fall movie season is just starting to heat up, or should I say cool down, and the first major release for the season, Riddick, took the number one spot this weekend with a $18.6 million debut.

Considering the film was expected to take in $20-25 million this weekend, this debut is rather mediocre for the Vin Diesel-vehicle. In fact, this debut, and the box office of the other movies combined this weekend, make the weakest box office of the year thus far. But, typically, the beginning of September is a bit slow at the box office.

Meanwhile, last week’s number one, One Direction: This is Us, dropped to sixth place this weekend with $4 million. But, considering that the film already made up its gross last week, it doesn’t seem like it has anything to really worry about.

Additionally, last week’s surprise, Instructions Not Included, continues to impress as the film jumped up to the third spot, earning $8.1 million. Considering that the film is only in 717 theaters, this makes its gross extremely impressive.

Returning to theaters this weekend was This is the End, earning an extra $2 million over the weekend. This brings its total up to $98.9 million in the U.S.

Next week sees the release of Insidious: Chapter 2 and The Family. More than likely, Insidious: Chapter 2 will be taking the number one spot. We’ll see next week.

Check out the full box office below:

1.  Riddick $18,673,000 $18.6
2.  The Butler $8,900,000 $91.9
3.  Instructions Not Included $8,100,000 $21.3
4.  We’re the Millers $7,925,000 $123.8
5.  Planes $4,274,000 $79.2
6.  One Direction: This Is Us $4,100,000 $23.9
7.  Elysium $3,100,000 $85
8.  Blue Jasmine $2,688,000 $25.4
9.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $2,500,000 $59.8
10.  The World’s End $2,302,000 $21.7
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