This weekend, Vin Diesel proved the Riddick franchise still had some fight in it, taking down reigning box office champ Lee Daniel's The Butler, and taking the top spot for itself.
The sci-fi action thriller Riddick took in $18.7 million domestically since Friday, with another $7.4 in foreign ticket sales, bringing its worldwide take to $26 million. Not a bad opening for a movie with a comparably-low budget of $38 million.
That $18.7 million was more than enough to firmly put The Butler in second place, with a $8.9 million weekend. However, it was the first film of the year to hold the no. 1 spot for three weeks. Butler's total take has been $91 million, three times more than its production budget.
Instructions Not Included, a Spanish-language comedy that opened very strong in a relatively small number of theaters last weekend, netted $8.1 million, which secured its third-place position.
The R-rated raunchy comedy We're The Millers, took in a strong $7.9 million, holding itself at number four. It has made almost $124 million dollars in the nearly five weeks it's been in theaters, vastly above its $37 million budget.
Finally, the Disney children's animated film Planes, which was a spin-off of the massively-successful Disney Pixar film Cars, held on in the top five with $4.3 million.