It wasn’t just North America up for grabs for the latest in the Resident Evil movie franchise, but the entire world.
After debuting with a series all time high $26.6 million in North America, the movie went on to bring in another $42.3 million from 30 countries, for a very impressive $68.9 million worldwide in just 3 days. A big $15.5 million opening in Japan also helped greatly.
Now back to North America where Takers and The American were neck a neck $5.6 million each, just $1371 between them. Considering the $2590 per theater average for Takers, we can assume that it took just 1 theater to create that difference and keep in mind that The American is running on a lot more screens and was in its 2nd week, not 3rd like it was the case with Takers. Anyway, great performance for this flick that came out of nowhere.
Machete in 4th place had a big drop that was to be expected from this special kind of movie. $4.2 million over the weekend and $21.8 million so far, all of this on a $20 million budget.
On the other end Going the Distance had the best hold out of the top 10, not that it helps much considering it only lead to $3.7 million on an already extremely under-performing Drew Barrymore flick that has generated only $14.7 million on a $32 million budget.
Another close battle was between The Other Guys (now on track to finish with a higher gross then Salt, 112.9 vs 116.5 as of right now) and The Last Exorcism, each with $3.3 million.
The Expendables was 8th with $3.2 million and will pass $100 million before the end of this week. Worldwide it has reached a fantastic $229 million, more then enough to pay for the upcoming sequel.
Finally Eat Prey Love and Inception close the top 10 with $2.9 and $2.8 million. Julia Roberts doesn’t seem to be out of gas yet with this movie that has made $75.3 million so far. On the other hand Inception is at 282.6 million in North America and is probably going to stop around $290 million, unfortunately just shy of $300 million. Worldwide things are going even better, $731.4 million and now every studio in town is going to beg Nolan to make something for them, worked out great for Warner so far.