In what will be its last day in first place at the daily box office, Universal's Riddick led the way on Thursday with $1.01 million. The third installment of the Vin Diesel led sci-fi franchise was down a sharp 15 percent from Wednesday. Daily declines for wide releases were significant in general on Thursday, as films faced added competition from both the late night launch of FilmDistrict's Insidious Chapter 2 and Thursday night's NFL game. Riddick took first place for the week with $24.27 million. That was a bit below expectations and was 27 percent softer than the $33.08 million seven-day start of 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick.
Insidious Chapter 2 was off to a modest late night launch with an estimated $1.5 million from shows that began at 10 p.m on Thursday. As is commonplace, those grosses are expected to be counted towards Friday's opening day performance. The late night launch for Insidious Chapter 2 was a bit softer than the $1.8 million late night launch of Evil Dead earlier this year and a bit stronger than last year's $1.01 million late night launch of Sinister. With its PG-13 rating and a likely Friday the 13th bump, it is possible that Insidious Chapter 2 will hold up a bit better throughout Friday than either Evil Dead or Sinister did. Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the box office progress of Insidious Chapter 2.
Turning back towards Thursday, Lee Daniels' The Butler held steady in second with $0.715 million. The early awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company fell 5 percent from Wednesday and 37 percent from last Thursday. The Butler placed in second this week with $11.46 million. That was down 52 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week haul to $94.46 million. The Butler is set to clear the $100 million domestic mark on either Sunday or Monday.
We're the Millers took in $0.586 million to remain in third place. Warner's break-out comedy was down 8 percent from Wednesday and down 26 percent from last Thursday. We're the Millers placed in third for the week $10.27 million, which was down 46 percent from the previous week. The 37-day total for We're the Millers stands at a strong $126.19 million.
Lionsgate's Instructions Not Included grossed $0.413 million to stay in fourth. The Eugenio Derbez comedy vehicle fell 10 percent from Wednesday and 26 percent from last Thursday. Instructions Not Included placed in fourth for the week with $10.12 million, which was down just 17 percent from the film's opening week performance. Instructions Not Included has grossed $22.33 million through two weeks of release. The film expands into an additional 215 locations today.