Anyway, by now all you guys out there (that are reading this, not just skimming, yes I’m talking about you) should know that Resident Evil: Afterlife is coming out this weekend in glorious James Cameron/Vince Pace Fusion Camera 3D, 3203 theaters no less and just like the previous 3 times, Sony and Screen Gems are bringing it to us. So Milla Jovovich is obviously back as Alice, exactly where Resident Evil: Extinction left us but what’s new is that her real life husband, writer, director and producer Paul W.S. Anderson is back in the director chair after handing the last two movies to some other guys that probably tried their best.
Another thing worthy of mentioning is Afterlife is the most expensive Resident Evil movie (and probably zombie movie for that matter) made so far, so a lot is hanging on Anderson’s back, around $60 million according to IMDB. Now don’t quote me on the most expensive zombie movie ever, but do feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, fellow zombie lovers out there.
I guess the movie should do decent business at the box office, at least opening weekend. In line with previous entries I can see this opening with $26 million or so, maybe a little more thanks to 3D but truth be told, previews did not look to good (actually some looked really bad) so my expectations are low for this one (coming from someone that enjoyed all previous Resident Evil movies).
Aside from Resident Evil: Afterlife, we’ll have The American finishing in second place with $7 million while Takers is probably going to beat Machete for 3rd place with $6 million compared to $5.5 million. Now Machete here ain’t breaking any records but it sure is doing better business than that last Robert Rodriguez movie, Shorts. Make Sin City 2 already man, come on!
Rounding out the top 5 is going to be The Expendables with $4.5 million or so, unfortunately not enough to make it pass the 100 million mark on Sunday, but it will get there either on Monday or Tuesday next week. So again, good job old timers. Oh, and Sly, when did you say the sequel is coming out?
Resident Evil was written 6 times in this post and I haven’t even mentioned the games it is based on, but I guess you guys already know enough about those and since, you know, this movies don’t exactly follow the games plot-wise, why even bother going there.