Early September is a strange time for movies. It’s that small window between the summer blockbusters and the fall Oscar contenders. Usually, these weeks are the dumping ground for both B-movie action (Crank, Resident Evil) and award hopefuls that lack a certain prestige (Warrior, Drive). This week, we got the modestly budgeted sci-fi/action/horror/sequel Riddick, which lead the pack with $18.6 million over the weekend. This is a pretty disappointing number when compared to the rest of the Riddick series– The first film, Pitch Black, made $17 million when adjusting for inflation. However, when you factor in the R-rating (Chronicles of Riddick was PG-13) and the nine-year gap from the last film, it really isn’t an unexpected result.
The rest of the films failed to break the $10 million mark, lead by The Butler with $8.9 million. This brings the biopic to an impressive $91.9 million and it should pass the $100 million milestone by next weekend. The Spanish language sleeper Instructions Not Included doubled its theaters to maintain an $8.1 million weekend. In only its second weekend, it has broken into the top ten foreign language films and has now become the third highest grossing movie from Mexico with $20.3 million.
We’re The Millers continues its run with $7.9 million. With $123 million total, the comedy should pass Identity Thief and may give The Heat some competition as the highest grossing R-rated comedy of the year. Planes rounds out the top five with $4.2 million for a total of $79.2 million.
Here is the weekend top ten according to estimates:
|3||Instructions Not Included||$8.1m||$20.3m|
|4||We're The Millers||$7.9m||$123.8m|
|6||One Direction: This is Us||$4.1m||$23.9m|
|9||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||$2.5m||$59.8m|
|10||The World's End||$2.3m||$21.7m|