The Vin Diesel sci-fi blockbuster "Riddick" debuted at No. 1 in the box office, taking in more than $18 million, according to the Associated Press.
The film, which opened in theaters nationwide on Friday, Sept. 6, is the third installment in a series of "Riddick" films starring Diesel in the title role, following 2000's "Pitch Black" and 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick."
The success of "Riddick" is especially sweet for its star Diesel, who along with director and writer David Twohy secured funding for the film independently in order to bring the third installment to life for its legion of fans. Diesel spoke to OTRC.com at the film's Los Angeles, California premiere about the thrill of making a third "Riddick" film, saying, "I can't tell you how gratifying. It's actually different than, you know, a 'Fast & Furious' premiere or something, because so much was on the line here."
Lee Daniels' "The Butler" fell to second place in its fourth weekend of release, after spending three weekends in a row at No. 1. The historical drama, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, added another $8.9 million to its domestic gross, totaling $91.9 million to-date.
The Spanish-language comedy "Instructions Not Included," about a man who suddenly becomes a father, came in third place, drawing in $8.1 million in its expanded theatrical release. The film has earned a total of $20.1 million in its two weeks at the box office.
Rounding out the top five at the box office was the Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis comedy "We're the Miller," taking in $7.9 million, followed by Disney's 'Planes,' taking in $4.3 million. Earlier this summer, Aniston and Sudeikis as well as 'Planes' stars Teri Hatcher and Julia Louis-Dreyfus spoke to OTRC.com about their respective roles in the successful films.
Check out the trailer for "Riddick" below.