Sunday, September 8, 2013

Weekend box office for September 6 - 8, 2013: Riddick rules with little competition

Riddick easily topped a weekend with no other new major releases. Its $18.7 million opening is less than Chronicles of Riddick's $24.3 million, but its much lower $38 million budget ensures more profitability. Like most concert films, One Direction was very frontloaded and dropped to sixth in its second weekend. The Butler remains in second with $8.9 million while We're the Millers was barely beaten by the expanding Instructions Not Included, which beat its last weekend and rose from fifth to third with $8.1 million. INI has already become America's tenth-highest grossing foreign language film (#1 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's $128 million more than doubles the gross of #2 Life Is Beautiful). Millers $123.8 million total makes it the second-highest grossing August comedy following American Pie 2's $145 million. This is the End was rereleased in about 2,000 theaters and is only about one million away from $100 million. Next week, The Family could steal comedy fans away from Millers, and Conjuring director James Wan will likely have a second 2013 hit with his Insidious sequel. See how other movies performed here.

Weekend box office estimates for September 6 - 8, 2013:

1. Riddick; $18,673,000; opening weekend

2. Lee Daniels' The Butler; $8,900,000; $91,901,000 total; -40.2%; 4th weekend

3. Instructions Not Included; $8,100,000; $20,312,000 total; +3.2%; 2nd weekend

4. We're the Millers; $7,925,000; $123,844,000 total; -37.7%; 5th weekend

5. Planes; $4,274,000; $79,279,000 total; -44.9%; 5th weekend

6. One Direction: This is Us; $4,100,000; $23,991,000 total; -74.1%; 2nd weekend

7. Elysium; $3,100,000; $85,077,000 total; -51.9%; 5th weekend

8. Blue Jasmine; $2,688,000; $25,449,000 total; -32.6%;  7th weekend

9. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters; $2,500,000; $59,848,000 total; -44.2%; 5th weekend

10. The World's End; $2,302,000; $21,737,000 total; -54.3%; 3rd weekend

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