Box Office Results: ‘Riddick’ Opens Weak at #1 in Lightest Weekend of 2013 So Far

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Riddick box officeI’m not going to write much for this weekend because I have a ton of reviews here in Toronto to get to, but Riddick took the #1 position, opening with an estimated $18.6 million, much lower than both Laremy and the readers predicted and way below the $24.2 million The Chronicles of Riddick brought in back in 2004 on a budget nearly three-times higher. The “B” CinemaScore doesn’t suggest much, but considering the $38 million budget the film should prove profitable in the end.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler added another $8.9 million to its total as it will likely cross the $100 million barrier next weekend.

The One Direction: This is Us 3D concert doc dropped 74% in its second weekend while the the Spanish-language feature Instructions Not Included added 369 theaters and upped its total from last weekend by 3.2% for a weekend total of $8.1 million and a cume of $20.3 million.

Meanwhile, This is the End added a massive 2,127 theaters as Sony is hoping to cross the $100 million mark on the comedy and yet it only brought in $2 million, leaving it $1.1 million shy of the century mark? Will they try again next weekend when Battle of the Year, Insidious: Chapter 2 and The Family hit theaters?

The complete top ten and current reader prediction results are listed below. I’ll be back on Monday once actuals are announced with updated leaderboard results.