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“Riddick” Wins Light Weekend Box Office Race

Despite its predictably-modest performance, “Riddick” took advantage of light interest from weekend moviegoers to claim first place at the box office.

The Vin Diesel vehicle earned $18.7 million, which trails the $24.3 million opening tally for “The Chronicles of Riddick.” That film’s predecessor “Pitch Black” earned $11.6 million in 2000.

“Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler'” held onto second place with $8.9 million, besting the $8.1 million for “Instructions Not Included” and $7.9 million for “We’re the Millers.”

“Planes” and “One Direction: This is Us” completed the top five with $4.3 million and $4.1 million, respectively.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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