LOS ANGELES, September 8, 2013 (AFP) - Warrior anti-hero "Riddick" slammed into first place at the North American box office, estimates indicated Sunday, stealing the top spot held by Lee Daniels' "The Butler" for 3 weeks running.
"Riddick," the latest in the action franchise starring Vin Diesel, took in $18.7 million in its opening weekend, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
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"The Butler" took in $8.9 million in its 4th week in theaters.
The Oscar-tipped drama, about the civil-rights era as seen through the eyes of an African-American White House servant played by Forest Whitaker, has earned nearly $92 million since its release.
In 3rd position, up 3 spots from a week ago, was the comedy-drama "Instructions Not Included," Eugenio Derbez's movie about a Mexican playboy who is suddenly presented with a child from a previous liaison and forced to become a father. The movie took in $8.1 million.
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Raunchy adult comedy "We're the Millers" dropped one position to 4th place. The film about drug smugglers posing as a suburban family, including Jennifer Aniston as a stripper, earned $7.9 million in theaters.
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The 5th spot was claimed by Disney's animated film "Planes," a spin-off from Pixar's "Cars" franchise, which took in $4.3 million.
British boy band One Direction's new movie came in not far behind, with $4.1 million, good enough for 6th place.
The take for "One Direction: This Is Us" was far below the $18.5 million earned over its debut during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The concert documentary about the teen sensations has generated lukewarm reviews in the United States.
But with an estimated budget of around $10 million, the movie had been expected to deliver a hugely profitable box-office hit for Sony.
7th place was occupied by science-fiction drama "Elysium," the critically acclaimed blockbuster starring Jodi Foster and Matt Damon, about wealthy humans living in an exclusive outer space colony after Earth is ruined.
The film, directed by South Africa's Neill Blomkamp, added another $3.1 million to take its 5-week total to $85.1 million.
Woody Allen's latest, "Blue Jasmine," rose to 8th place, with $2.7 million in ticket sales, after 7 weeks in theaters.
The film stars Cate Blanchett as a New York socialite who tries to reconnect with her sister after exposing her adulterous husband, played by Alec Baldwin, as a crooked investor.