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Sci-fi thriller 'Riddick' lifts a slow weekend at the movies

Vin Diesel stars in "Riddick," which was the weekend box office champion in movie theaters. (Universal Pictures)
Vin Diesel stars in "Riddick," which was the weekend box office champion in movie theaters. (Universal Pictures)
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“Riddick” is seeing light at the box office. The sci-fi thriller starring Vin Diesel as an intergalactic criminal with built-in night vision debuted in first place with $18.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Riddick” is the third installment in the series, following the $11.6 million debut of 2000’s “Pitch Black” and the $24.3 million launch of 2004’s “The Chronicles of Riddick.” “Riddick,” which finds the alien anti-hero stranded and pursued by bounty hunters on ...

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