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'Riddick' steals top slot at N. America box office

10 september 2013, 18:27
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Cast member Vin Diesel poses at the premiere of "Riddick" in Los Angeles. ©REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Cast member Vin Diesel poses at the premiere of "Riddick" in Los Angeles. ©REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Warrior anti-hero "Riddick" slammed into first place at the North American box office, figures showed Monday, stealing the top spot held by "Lee Daniels' The Butler" for three weeks running, AFP reports.

"Riddick," the latest in the action franchise starring Vin Diesel, took in $19 million in its opening weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

That was well ahead of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," which took in $8.4 million in its fourth week in theaters.

That Oscar-tipped drama, about the civil rights era as seen through the eyes of a black White House servant played by Forest Whitaker, has earned more than $91 million since its release.

In third position, up three spots from a week ago, was comedy-drama "Instructions Not Included," Eugenio Derbez's movie about a Mexican playboy who is suddenly presented with the child from a previous liaison and forced to become a father. The movie took in $8.1 million.

Raunchy adult comedy "We're the Millers," dropped one position to fourth place. The film about drug smugglers posing as a suburban family, including Jennifer Aniston as a stripper, earned $7.7 million in theaters.

The fifth spot was claimed by Disney's animated film "Planes," a spin-off from Pixar's "Cars" franchise, which took in $4.1 million.

British boy band One Direction's new movie came in not far behind, with $4 million, good enough for sixth place.

Seventh place was occupied by science-fiction drama "Elysium", the critically acclaimed blockbuster starring Matt Damon about wealthy humans living in an exclusive outer space colony after Earth is ruined.

The film, directed by South Africa's Neill Blomkamp, added another $3.1 million to take its five-week total to $85.1 million.

"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" came in eighth spot with $2.4 million, followed by Woody Allen's latest, "Blue Jasmine" -- starring Cate Blanchett as a New York socialite trying to reconnect with her sister after exposing her adulterous husband as a crooked investor -- in ninth with just over $2.3 million in ticket sales.

Rounding out the top ten 10 was British comedy sci-fi disaster movie "The World's End," the third in a cult trilogy starring Simon Pegg, after 2004's "Shaun of the Dead" and 2007's "Hot Fuzz," with $2.3 million.

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