For the weekend ending Sept. 8, 2013, the sci-fi action movie "Riddick" (starring Vin Diesel as the title character) bumped off "Lee Daniels' The Butler" from the No. 1 spot of the movie ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (from the Weinstein Company) had been No. 1 for the previous three weeks.
According to Box Office Mojo, "Riddick" took in $18.7 million in ticket sales, which is a relatively low number compared to the opening-weekend tallies for other No. 1 movies in previous weeks. Box Office Mojo attributes the low number to the end of the summer movie season, when school and the U.S. football season begins.
"Riddick" is the third movie in a series that began with 2000's "Pitch Black" and continued with 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick."
Universal Pictures' "Riddick" was the only movie that opened in wide release (more than 2,000 theaters) in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 6, 2013.
Two independent movies that were on VOD (video on demand) before or on the same day as their theatrical releases were huge bombs in their opening weekends in movie theaters, for the weekend ending Sept. 8, 2013.
"Adore" (a drama starring Robin Wright and Naomi Watts as two best friends who have sexual affairs with each other's college-age sons) took in $125,000 from showings at 57 theaters. The movie premiered on VOD and was released in cinemas on Sept. 6, 2013. Even though the movie is in limited release in cinemas, the per-theater average for "Adore" indicates that the movie is a flop.
The horror comedy "Hell Baby" (also released in theaters on Sept. 6, 2013) did even worse than "Adore." "Hell Baby" earned just $5,300 from showings in 10 theaters during its opening weekend. "Hell Baby" is about a married couple (played by Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb) who suspect that she is pregnant with a demon. The movie's VOD premiere was on July 25, 2013.
Here are the Top 5 movies for the weekend ending Sept. 8, 2013:
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