Inside Move: ‘Riddick’ vidgame victorious

'Butcher' boffo, despite original pic's low B.O.

HOLLYWOOD — Get ready for a sequel to “The Chronicles of Riddick” — several, in fact — but don’t look for them on the bigscreen.

They’re earmarked for the Xbox vidgame platform, where “Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay” is flouting conventional wisdom that only hit films turn into hit vidgames. Despite disappointing reviews and B.O. for “Riddick” the film, the vidgame is a smash on both counts.

“Butcher Bay” sold 110,000 copies in its first three weeks of release and is on track to sell more than 250,000, translating to a gross of at least $15 million. It’s a high marker for a title released only on Xbox and not the bestselling console, PlayStation 2.

Execs at publisher Vivendi Universal Games are so pleased, they already have a PC version timed for release with the DVD around the holidays and are strongly considering sequels.

Both Vin Diesel’s Tigon Games, a co-publisher, and Universal stand to make several million dollars in royalties, plus more from sequels. That’s relatively small potatoes to a studio, of course, but it represents a steady stream of income from a franchise that looks to have a short life in theaters.

It could have meant even more for NBC U, but GE passed on VU Games when buying most other Vivendi entertainment assets last year.

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