The 5th Resident Evil film took what was ultimately another unimpressive weekend at the box office. Both Retribution and Finding Nemo 3D were below expectations so we are now left waiting for a miracle from Dredd 3D (not likely) this week and Hotel Transylvania (more likely) next week.
Resident Evil: Retribution was #1 with a $21 million opening weekend, below average for the series. Actually this was the worst debut for the zombie franchise since the first one back in 2002 ($17.7 million opening). So basically we have the least attended Resident Evil flick thus far. Fortunately for the fans out there, these films make most of their money internationally and Retribution is looking very healthy over there with at least $50 million last weekend. But back to North America, based on this opening, Resident Evil: Retribution will probably finish with only $45-50 million compared to the $60.1 million of Resident Evil: Afterlife just 2 years ago. We’ll probably still get Resident Evil 6 (film, not the game coming out in just a few weeks) but it might very well be the last one.
Finding Nemo 3D was good for $16.6 million but that’s a lower opening then the re-release of Beauty and the Beast back in January this year. At the rate these films are going down, Disney might have to eventually pull the cord on these 3D re-releases. But don’t worry guys, $16.6 million is still more than good enough considering the conversion wasn’t that expensive for Nemo. Next stop will be Monsters Inc. 3D a few days before Christmas.
The Possession fell down to 3rd place with $5.7 million, still holding strong. The supernatural flick has $41.1 million after 17 days in theaters. Then in 4th place was Lawless, also very solid with $4.3 million and a total of $30.2 million.
Rounding out the top 5 we have, well, what else, The Expendables 2. With $3.1 million last weekend and $80.4 million after 5 weeks, The Expendables 2 is now $18 million behind its predecessor. From this point on the film could make another $6 million more. On the bright side this is doing fantastic business internationally so news of The Expendables 3 might be just around the corner since they kind of have to hurry (at 66 years, Stallone ain’t getting younger).
Yesterday (Monday) marked the 60th day in release for The Dark Knight Rises and thanks to a total of $441.2 million, it is now the 7th highest grossing film of all time in North America (unadjusted for inflation).