Proving once again that moviegoers don’t really mind recycled stuff as long as it has a hot chick in tight black pleather running around performing ridiculous slow-motion action sequences, Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Resident Evil: Retribution”, the fifth in the never-die horror franchise, took first place at the box office over the weekend. “Retribution” opened at #1 with an estimated $21 million. Not a bad haul, but well below previous offerings, even though it did beat the first movie’s weekend debut back in 2002, but of course, ten years ago was, well, ten years ago.
Still, first place is first place, and “Retribution” was about $4 million better than Pixar’s re-release of “Finding Nemo” in 3D, which did a very healthy business by opening in second place with $17.5 million. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprise if most of the kids who saw the movie didn’t even know it’s a re-release from 2003. Mind you, not that it matters. Even though I haven’t seen the new version in theaters, I imagine the studio must have polished it up plenty, not to mention adding the whole 3D gimmick to it. This bodes well for Pixar’s planned sequel to the fish tale, swimming into theaters near you in 2016.
In terms of “Resident Evil” records, “Retribution” is the lowest opened installment since, as mentioned, the original back in 2002. That movie eventually topped off at $102 million worldwide. The record-holder is “Resident Evil: Afterlife”, the fourth in the franchise, which capped off at $296 million worldwide. It was also the first entry to utilize 3D, and I assure you, the fact that it became the highest-grossing movie in the series didn’t escape the studio’s notice on bit.
Last week’s #1, “The Possession” fell to third place, adding an additional $5.8 million to its coffers, giving it $41 million so far in three weeks of release. Not bad for a $14 million dollar film. In limited release, “Arbitrage” and “Last Ounce of Courage” didn’t make much of a dent, while Paul Anderson (no, the other Paul Anderson) did excellent business with his “The Master”, which earned $730,000 from just five screens, giving it a whopping $146,000 per screen average. By comparison, the week’s winner, “Resident Evil: Retribution” could only muster $7,005 per screen.
Via : Box Office Mojo