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After a remarkable three-peat at the top of the box office, Lee Daniels' The Butler was finally dethroned by Vin Diesel's action flick Riddick, which grossed a respectable $18.7 million.
The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey among many others, didn't fall far. While Riddick took the number-one spot over the weekend, the historical drama took second with $9.8 million and a domestic total that crossed the $90 million mark. The film is still going strong on excellent reviews and word of mouth, and is all but guaranteed to surpass the $100 million mark within the next week.
Jennifer Aniston's We're the Millers came in third, while Spanish-language comedy Instructions Not Included raked in another $8.1 million for an impressive $20 million total box office earnings.
In limited release, Winnie Mandela, starring Jennifer Hudson as the wife of South African icon Nelson Mandela (played in the film by Terrence Howard), opened quietly in 32 theaters and a $69,584 box-office take. It wasn't the stellar opening producers likely hoped for, but not a flop either. It's unclear whether the distributor will continue to expand the film to more screens.
Next week, Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfieffer join together for crime caper The Family, while Insidious: Chapter 2 will attempt to scare the pants off of us before getting diluted by the Halloween rush of scary movies.
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