Riddick Shines Brightest With $18.7M
Knocks 'The Butler' out of top spot
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2013 1:41 PM CDT
This film image released by Universal Pictures shows Vin Diesel in a scene from "Riddick."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

(Newser) The Butler's long run at the top of the box office charts finally came to an end this weekend, with Vin Diesel's Riddick debuting to the tune of $18.7 million to take the No. 1 spot. On the historically slow weekend after Labor Day, it was easily enough to topple The Butler's $8.9 million haul, the AP reports. But it wasn't enough to out-do the previous installment of this sci-fi series, The Chronicles of Riddick, which opened to $24.3 million in 2004. At No. 3 was the Spanish-language Instructions Not Included ($8.1 million), followed by We're the Millers ($7.9 million), and Planes ($4.3 million).