Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

"Riddick" Rises to No. 1 in Weekend Box Office Sales

By Dan Carroll - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:16AM

You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s Premium Investing Services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn More

Sci-fi thriller "Elysium" ranks second worldwide over the weekend thanks to strong international revevenue

Science-fiction action film Riddick, starring Vin Diesel as the title character, soared to the top of the domestic box office this weekend. The third movie in the Chronicles of Riddick series, Riddick, distributed by Comcast (CMCSA -2.61%) subsidiary Universal, pulled in more than $18.6 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend, according to data and statistics compilation firm Rentrak.

Riddick also scored the top worldwide spot at the box office, with its international haul bringing its total weekend revenue to more than $26 million in all. With a reported production budget of $38 million, according to Box Office Mojo, Riddick looks well on its way to emerging as a financial success for Universal and Comcast.

Lee Daniels' The Butler dropped to the No. 2 slot at the domestic box office, taking in $8.9 million over the weekend and bringing its total gross to nearly $92 million. The film, which stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey and tells the story of a White House butler, has not been released internationally. The Spanish-language comedy Instructions Not Included earned third place at the domestic box office in its expanded second weekend with $8.1 million, giving it a total of $20.1 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

Science fiction thriller Elysium, distributed by Sony (SONY 1.37%), ran in second place at the worldwide box office over the weekend. Despite waning domestic sales, Elysium scored internationally, pulling in more than $21 million abroad as part of a $24.3 million weekend in all. Cumulatively, Elysium has sold more than $212 million during its box office run. Box Office Mojo puts its production budget at $115 million.

Comedy film We're the Millers continued its successful run at the box office this weekend, ranking in third worldwide and fourth domestically with more than $17.8 million in sales. The film, distributed by Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Brothers, has recorded more than $178 million worldwide during its box office run, with more than $123 million of that total coming domestically.

With a reported production budget of just $37 million, We're the Millers, starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, has emerged as one of the box office's under-the-radar successes for Time Warner late in the summer season.

-- Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


Fool contributor Dan Carroll has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Invest Smarter with The Motley Fool

Join Over 1 Million Premium Members Receiving…

  • New Stock Picks Each Month
  • Detailed Analysis of Companies
  • Model Portfolios
  • Live Streaming During Market Hours
  • And Much More
Get Started Now

Stocks Mentioned

Sony Corporation Stock Quote
Sony Corporation
$87.29 (1.37%) $1.18
Time Warner Inc. Stock Quote
Time Warner Inc.
Comcast Corporation Stock Quote
Comcast Corporation
$39.31 (-2.61%) $-1.05

*Average returns of all recommendations since inception. Cost basis and return based on previous market day close.

Related Articles

Motley Fool Returns

Motley Fool Stock Advisor

Market-beating stocks from our award-winning analyst team.

Stock Advisor Returns
S&P 500 Returns

Calculated by average return of all stock recommendations since inception of the Stock Advisor service in February of 2002. Returns as of 08/17/2022.

Discounted offers are only available to new members. Stock Advisor list price is $199 per year.

Premium Investing Services

Invest better with The Motley Fool. Get stock recommendations, portfolio guidance, and more from The Motley Fool's premium services.