Vin Diesel is in yet another number #1 weekend box office winning movie. Riddick captured the top box office spot with $18.7 million, a total that is an estimated $20 million away from reaching its $38 million budget. This is good news for a sci-fi thriller, especially with a small budget as compared to previous science fiction movies coming from this genre type.
The Butler finished in second place with $8.9 million in ticket sales to push its box office totals to $91.9 million. On a $30 million production budget, this movie is making the Weinstein Company a nice fortune. Instructions Not Included and We're The Millers finished in third and fourth place with $8.1 million and $7.9 million, respectively.
Planes and One Direction: This is Us took in $4.3 and $4.1 million, in that order, to finish fifth and sixth. Elysium delivered $3.1 million in ticket sales for seventh place and is behind its production budget of $115 million when taking into account the $85 million this movie has earned thus far in the domestic box office. Sony/Columbia is losing out with their third action-packed or science fiction-type movie in 2013. White House Down, Another Earth and now Elysium haven't performed well in the domestic box office. However, the movies are making up the difference in the foreign box office.
Blue Jasmine, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and The World's End earned $2.7, $2.5 and $2.3 million to wrap up the top 10 box office movies.
Next weekend Insidious Chapter 2 will surely capture major movie ticket sales in the $41-52 million range. With the opening weekend falling on Friday the 13th, watch out for this Insidious sequel. James is having one heck of a good 2013, so his success will continue to move forward with Insidious 2 and next year's Fast and Furious 7.
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