September 17 2012

Resident Evil Scares Up the Top Spot at the Box Office

Resident Evil: Retribution movie posterIt may have taken the top spot at the box office this weekend, but Resident Evil: Retribution doesn’t have too much to get excited about.

Resident Evil: Retribution took the top spot at the box office this weekend, but it had the worst opening for the series since the original film in 2002, and it led the second slowest wekkend of the year. The film ended up bringing in $21.1 million, but with a $65 million dollar budget that isn’t a whole lot to crow about.

Coming in second was Finding Nemo 3D with $17.5 million. That’s one of the weaker 3D rerelease openings, but considering what the process probably cost the studio, I wouldn’t say we’re done seeing these happen quite yet. We can all hope, though.

Third place went to The Possession with another $5.8 million. I only recently learned the “true events” that inspired the movie happened here in my town of Kirksville, MO. Yay? That aside, it’s scared up $41.1 domestic off of a $14 million budget, proving once again that perhaps smaller budget films seems to be the way to go as of late.

Lawless slipped into fourth place with $4.2 million bringing its domestic total to $30.1 million. No word yet on its budget so there isn’t anyway to tell how it’s doing. My gut tells me “so-so,” however.

Rounding out the top five was ParaNorman with just over $3 million and a new domestic total of $49.3 million. It’s definitely looking like making a kid’s film is no longer a sure fire path to success.

Interestingly, The Master, a film many have said is loosely based on the origins of Scientology, opened in 18th place and was only on five screens nationally. It brought in $730,000 and will go national next week. It has some star power behind it with Paul Thomas Anderson directing, and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in front of the camera, it is sure to drum up some interest.

Next weekend sees a bunch of newcomers hitting the screens: Trouble with the Curve, House at the End of The Street, End of Watch and Dredd 3D. I think you all know which one I am most excited for …

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