It was a good run for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” but all good things must come to an end. And they did during the Sept. 6-8 weekend, when Vin Diesel’s “Riddick” took over the number one spot. According to Box Office Mojo, the sci-fi film took in $18.6 million in its first three days.
“Riddick” was the only new release for the final weekend of summer, which tends to be a very slow one. None of the other films cracked the $10 million mark, but there were some things worthy of mention.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” crossed the $90 million mark, after earning $8.9 million in the number two spot. Its exact total is $91.9 million.
“Instructions Not Included” expanded from 348 theaters last weekend to 717 this weekend. The film earned $8.1 million in the number three spot, making its per-theater average $11,297. Its current total is $20.3 million
“We’re the Millers” dropped one spot to number four with $7.9 million, bringing its total to $123.8 million. “Planes” rounded out the top five with $4.2 million, bringing its total to $79.2 million.
The biggest drop in the top 10 came from the musical documentary, “One Direction: This is Us.” After a strong opening during the Labor Day weekend, and almost dethroning the reign of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” the film plunged 74 percent to the number six spot with $4.1 million. Its total is now $23.9 million.
The best per-theater average this weekend went to the J.D. Salinger documentary, “Salinger,” which opened at number 37 with $91,000 from four theaters. Its per-theater average was $22,750.