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Vin Diesel's 'Riddick' to shine on slow moviegoing weekend

Vin Diesel helped steer "Fast & Furious 6" toward the top of the box-office chart this summer, but can his new film, "Riddick," get the fall season started on the right track?

"Riddick," the third entry in writer-director David Twohy's sci-fi series, is the only film hitting theaters on what is traditionally the slowest moviegoing weekend of the year. Without any new competition in the marketplace, pre-release audience surveys indicate that Diesel's film will likely launch with a healthy $23 million.

But many in the industry said they feel the picture has the potential to launch with over $30 million, given its strong fan buzz. The film's...