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Kevin Blair Kevin Blair
September 9th, 2013 12:47pm EDT

Riddick

Vin Diesel's latest film, Riddick, has knocked Lee Daniels' The Butler from the top spot at the U.S. box office.

The second sequel to 2000's Pitch Black -- which the actor produced -- pulled in $18.7 million for its opening weekend, topping Daniels' civil rights chronicle by nearly $10 million.

"Riddick" was the only wide release for the weekend, which saw Eugenio Derbez's surprise hit Spanish-language movie Instructions Not Included move up a spot to number three, adding $8.1 million to its two week total of $20.3 million.

Jennifer Aniston comedy We're the Millers remains in the top-five for the fifth-straight week with another $8 million, increasing its total to $124 million.

Rounding out the top five is Disney's Planes, with $4.2 million in ticket sales.

"Riddick" is the second film starring Diesel to debut at number-one in 2013, racing film Fast & Furious 6.

Rounding out the top ten are:
One Direction: This Is Us
Elysium
Blue Jasmine
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
The World's End

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