If you’re a fan of Vin Diesel or if you love the Riddick series, then there’s no doubt that you have seen all of the movies in the franchise. However, if not – don’t worry. We are here to help and provide a list of all the Riddick movies in order for you to watch before the next one comes out.

The titular character was created by brothers Ken and Jim Wheat and later continued by writer-director David Twohy with his 2000 film “Pitch Black.” This movie became an instant hit due to its unique blend of science fiction and horror elements. Following this success came the 2004 sequel “The Chronicles of Riddick,” which despite not performing as well at the box office is still considered a cult classic among fans.

So let us dive into each story from this epic saga so that viewers can catch up on everything from “The Chronicles of Riddick” franchise before it continues with its newest installment.

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The Chronicles of Riddick Movies in Order of Release Date

  • Pitch Black (2000)
  • The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
  • Riddick (2013)
  • Riddick 4: Furya (TBA)

Pitch Black (2000)

The first film in the Riddick series, directed by David Twohy and co-written by Twohy and brothers Ken and Jim Wheat, was released in 2000.

The movie features Vin Diesel as the title character, a space criminal named Richard B. Riddick who is being transported to prison when his ship crash-lands on a remote desert and hostile planet.

Riddick is soon caught up in a fight for survival when the planet’s flying creatures begin attacking them.

To escape the planet, Riddick joins forces with the other survivors and passengers. Apart from Diesel, the “Pitch Black” cast includes Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David. The film did fine at the box office, earning more than $53 million against a budget of $23 million.

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

Released in 2004, the second movie in the Riddick series follows the story where the previous one left off. In this part, the Fugitive Riddick has been in hiding, and he tries to escape from the bounty hunters who are after him.

After murdering Toombs and his ship crew on planet U.V., he steals the ship and travels to New Mecca, located on Helion Prime, where he is reunited with Imam, a holy man he rescued a few years earlier.

On Helion Prime, Riddick becomes involved in the conflict between Lord Marshal and Lady Vaako. He sides with Lady Vaako and becomes the new lord after defeating and killing the former.

The Chronicles of Riddick Franchise cast includes Vin Diesel, Colm Feore, Keith David, Karl Urban, and Thandiwe Newton. It was not as successful as the franchise’s first movie but still earned $115 million on a budget of $105 million.

If you have watched the first film, we would recommend you to watch this one too.

Riddick (2013)

“Riddick” is the third installment of the American sci-fi action film series “The Chronicles of Riddick.”

In 2013, Vin diesel returned to his iconic role as Riddick, the latest addition to the popular franchise.

After the latest attempt on his life, Riddick agrees to tell Commander Vaako where Furya is in exchange for being given a ship to get there. This way, Vaako can become the next Lord Marshal and achieve transcendence.

Escorted by Vaako’s aide, Krone, Riddick, and a group of Necromongers arrive on an uninhabited planet. However, when they realize it is not Furya as intended, Riddick kills most of the escorts in self-defense upon their attempted assassination. Post-mortem of the event, Krone deliberately causes a landslide that buries Riddick alive.

The film has everything from great action sequences to an exciting plot. The movie stars Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, and Jordi Mollà. “Riddick” was made on a budget of $38 million and earned $98 million at the box office. We recommend you watch the Riddick movies in order of their release date to understand the storyline in a better way.

Riddick 4: Furya (TBA)

“Riddick 4: Furya” won’t be released for quite some time, but we know that it will be called “Riddick 4: Furya” and that the plot will focus on the mysterious origins of the highly capable Furyan fugitive.

In December 2021, Vin Diesel announced on his Instagram and said the upcoming movie would be “dark and brutal.”

Short Film

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)

In 2004, Peter Chung released a short animated film titled “Dark Fury” that explored the reasons behind Riddick’s decision to go into hiding and deliver Jack and Imam Abu al-Walid to New Mecca. Featuring Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick, this science fiction short film was an addition to the already popular Riddick movie series. It gave viewers an insight into the character of Riddick – his motivations and his inner conflict – making it one of the most beloved films in the franchise. As a result, fans were able to gain a deeper understanding of their favorite antihero and relate more closely with him on an emotional level.

So here are all the Riddick Movies in order of their release date. Vin Diesel plays Riddick in all the movies; the films did fine in movie theatres but were not a super hit compared to Vin’s other films like fast and furious.

Apart from the success at the box office, the Riddick films have action, a good cast, and fantastic VFX work.

FAQs about the franchise

How many Riddick movies are there?

There are three Riddick movies and one short animated movie called “The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury,” released in 2004. The short animated movie involves Riddick and discusses the gap between the full-length films.

What is the best way to watch Riddick movie series?

The best way to watch Riddick films is to watch them in chronological order. You can also watch the films as per your choice but watching them as per the release date will help you get the storyline better. 

Is there any fourth Riddick movie?

After the success of the three previous Riddick films, the fourth movie, “Riddick 4: Furya,” is in production as per the latest news via the Instagram announcement by Vin Diesel.

Are all Riddick movies connected?

Yes, all the Riddick movies are connected in terms of cast and have the same storyline. The first and third movie involves Riddick’s escape, and a short film tells the story of the gap in the timeline in all the movies.

Are there any video games about the film?

Yes, there are three games based on the Riddick movies, and they are:

  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (2004)
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (2009)
  • Riddick: The Merc Files (2013)

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