1. Riddick (Universal) (UPI) $18.7m (NE)
2. Lee Daniel’s The Butler (TWC) WTC Int’l $8.9m ($91.9m) (1)
3. Instructions Not Included (Lionsgate) Lionsgate Int’l $8.1m ($20.3m) (5)
4. We’re The Millers (Warner Bros) WBPI $7.9m ($123.8m) (3)
5. Planes (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $4.2m ($79.2m) (4)
The Vin Diesel-vehicle, ‘Riddick’, easily won the North American weekend box office but with no other wide releases and Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ entering its fourth week, it is more a reflection on the lack of competition than a strong performance. After receiving an average ‘B’ CinemaScore from first night viewers, it failed to attract a significant audience beyond those returning from the first two parts of the sci-fi trilogy, finishing the weekend on an underwhelming $18.7m.
Universal funded the first two instalments but passed over the final part after the second, ‘The Chronicles of Riddick’ only grossed $115m worldwide against a disproportionately high $105m production cost. But, when Vin Diesel attracted finance elsewhere for the third instalment after limiting the budget to a modest $38m, Universal came back on board as distributor and, by all accounts, it is reasonably satisfied with the weekend haul. Most market analysts would beg to differ seeing a $20m+ return as a straight-forward target at the start of the session.
‘The Butler’ is still going strong in second place and remains on course for an extended run until deep into the awards season. The civil rights saga exceeded expectations over the weekend, grossing an impressive $8.9m for a new domestic tally of $91.9m.
Eugenio Derbez’s ‘Instructions Not Included’ remained the box office’s surprise package. The Mexican family comedy expanded from 347 to 717 screens and earned an outstanding $8.1m over three days, pipping ‘We’re the Millers’ to the No.3 spot. It now stands on an impressive $20m after just 10 days in play.
Meanwhile, it was still a solid weekend for ‘We’re the Millers’, now starting its fifth week on release. The R rated Jennifer Aniston-vehicle grossed $7.9m in line with market expectations, extending its domestic running total to a strong $123.8m.cheapest inderalbuy propranolol canadainderal online ukinderal