Riddick steals top slot at N. America box office
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Warrior anti-hero Riddick slammed into first place at the North American box office, estimates indicated on Sunday, stealing the top spot held by Lee Daniels' The Butler for three weeks running.
Riddick, the latest in the action franchise starring Vin Diesel, took in US$18.7 million in its opening weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
That was well ahead of Lee Daniels' The Butler, which took in $8.9 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 nearly US$92 million since its release.