"Riddick" rolls to a box office win but it is a quiet victory. It did pass by "The Butler,"but a typical September slowdown is showing.
Make not mistake about it, the NFL kicking off made a dent as did the plethora of college games throughout the land on Saturday.
But, one could make an argument that the real winner at the box office is a movie called "Instructions Not Included" as it racks up cash while still not being in more than 1,000 theaters.
The first weekend out, it did real well and the weekend, it did the same. It added theaters to make it total 717, and it placed third. All of the other films around it are in over 3,000 theaters.
1. "Riddick" - $18.6 million
2. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" - $8.9 million
3. "Instruction Not Included" - $8.1 million
4. "We're the Miller" - $7.9 million
5. "Planes" - $4.2 million
As "Riddick" goes, this opening in smack dab in the middle. It did better than "Pitch Black" and less than "Chronicles of Riddick." Slow time now? You bet. So, taking a look at "Salinger," it did very good in limited run, taking in $22,750 per screen average.
"The Butler" has passed the $90 million mark now as it seeks that coveted $100 million mark.
In other movie news, is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences leaning toward giving stunts their own category. Of course, it takes time and it has been bantered about for years. But, last year a stunt person won an honorary Oscar and other award shows have them.
On that note, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced that they will feature stunts in a new seminar.
It "will explore how stunt artists utilize emerging technologies to bring previously impossible stunts to the screen," the release noted. It is titled “Real to Reel: The Art of Action” and will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The presentation will include clips from such films as “Iron Man 3,” “Skyfall” and “Real Steel” live demonstrations. It will explore the behind-the-scenes footage, and onstage conversations with some of the films’ creative teams, as well. It will be hosted by stunt coordinator Garrett Warren.
Scheduled panelists include writer-director Shane Black, stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad, visual effects supervisors Erik Nash and Christopher Townsend, animatronic supervisor John Rosengrant, and film editor Zach Staenberg.