Calling the 6th installment in the Resident Evil series The Final Chapter might not have been such a good idea after all, especially since it now has the top opening weekend ever for an import at the Chinese box office.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter brought $96.7 million from 51 markets, but really most of that money came from China, $94.3 million. That’s the best opening weekend (Friday to Sunday) ever for a Hollywood movie in China and 2nd overall (behind local hit Lost in Hong Kong, $107 million). Now keep in mind many films don’t get a Friday release in China, which explains why Resident Evil beats movies with much higher overall totals. Even so $94.3 million is still absolutely incredible and after 5 days The Final Chapter already made $109.4 million over there. Now the film’s international total stands at $227.1 million (2nd best for the series) while worldwide the number is $253.8 million (also 2nd).
At some point next week Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will pass $300 million to become the most successful entry yet in the video game based series. Considering it was made for only $40 million, I’m not so sure about that Final Chapter thing. I think it’s safe to say we’ll be getting another one at some point in the future, the “Real” final chapter this time.
Fifty Shades Darker came in 2nd with $19.8 million from 59 territories, raising the film’s international total to $224.9 million. When all will be said and done Darker will probably have around $250-260 million, which is still significantly less than the $404.8 million made by Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015. Worldwide Fifty Shades Darker has $328.6 million, very slowly catching up to xXx: The Return of Xander Cage ($330 million) to eventually become the top grossing movie of 2017, at least for a couple of days. Fifty Shades Darker is bound to finish short of $400 million worldwide (likely $370-380 million), and just March has at least 3 movies that will bring in more, so 1st place will quickly turn to 4th and so on.
Split is still strong in 3rd with $17.6 million from 54 markets, climbing to $90.8 million internationally and $221.7 million worldwide. Right now Split ranks 7th (out of 10) among M. Night Shyamalan’s film, but it should eventually get to 4th with $270-290 million (The Last Airbender sits in 3rd with $319.7 million).
Assassin’s Creed climbed to 4th after an okay $17 million start in China. The video game adaptation made $20.3 million in 5 days over there, pushing the international total to $178.6 million. Worldwide Assassin’s Creed grossed $234.2 million so far, as it’s getting ready to probably close out at $250 million or so. It seems Ubisoft, the video game publisher behind the series, is not yet ready to give up and they might even be willing to reboot the whole thing in the next movie (if there really will be a next movie). I don’t blame them, Assassin’s Creed is a strong property that could work well in movie form. But what we instead got this time around was an utterly mishandled mess of a film that might have irreparably hurt any future movie plans they might have had.
The Great Wall rounds out the top 5 with $15.2 million. So far the fantasy epic has $266.2 million internationally and $301 million worldwide, so not bad, still not enough to cover its $150 million budget.