This remains a franchise with a heavy fanbase, however, this gross is lower than the first weekend takes of "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" and "Resident Evil: Extinction." But, like these films' forgettable subtitles, the grosses are largely interchangable stateside -- 'Afterlife' registered the series' strongest U.S. numbers with a $60 million tally, while parts two and three closed out at $51 and $50 million, respectively. That in itself is strong for a series where each installment costs in the vicinity of $50-$60 million. But, naturally, that doesn't tell the entire story.
Disney was considered to be cracking open the vault when they re-released "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King" to audiences. But with "Finding Nemo," the demand wasn't so great, and the picture should register a less impressive opening than either of those films despite premiering in more theaters. "Finding Nemo," still a beloved smash hit, did not benefit from the same nostalgia, as the Pixar efforts have seen a longer catalog life than those pictures. Though the film collected almost $900 million nine years ago, it's simply not that long ago. It's likely some of the kids that were a part of the theatrical and DVD success of "Finding Nemo" are STILL kids. This probably doesn't bode well for the upcoming 3D re-release of "Monsters Inc." though that's likely just as much of a promotional tool for next year's "Monsters University."
Speaking of the elderly, "The Expendables 2" has spent five weeks in the top five, collecting $80 million that now seems like chump change compared to a worldwide tally fast approaching $200 million on its own. The sequel is well on its way to pulverizing the first picture's global total. Kidflick "ParaNorman" continues to hang around, though it surpassed the rest of the top ten simply by virtue of very few new pictures -- it very easily bounded over last week's "The Words," which through two weekends has yet to surpass $10 million total. Maybe next time don't release a movie called "The Words" unless it's the sequel to a book called "The Pictures."
In limited release, "Arbitrage" collected $1.9 million at 197 locations, part of a day-and-date strategy for Roadside Attractions that included debuting the film on VOD. Though the money is greater, those tallies pale in comparison to the first weekend take of the hotly aniticpated "The Master." The film is expected to finish Sunday with a spectacular $750k at five locations, on sixteen screens, and a per-screen average of $146k, which is the strongest limited release debut in history. Support your local arthouse theaters, boys and girls.
1. Resident Evil: More Of This Again (Sony) - $21.1 million
2. Remember That Fish Movie Your Niece Always Forces You To Watch When You Babysit? Now It's In 3D (Disney) - $17.5 million
3. The Possession (Lionsgate) - $5.8 million ($41.2 mil.)
4. Lawless (Weinstein) - $4.2 million ($30.1 mil.)
5. The Expendables 2 (Lionsgate) - $3 million ($80.3 mil.)
6. ParaNorman (Focus) - $3 million ($49.3 mil.)
7. The Bourne Legacy (Universal) - $2.9 million ($104.9 mil.)
8. The Words (Sony) - $2.8 million ($9.1 mil.)
9. The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (Disney) - $2.5 million ($46.2 mil.)
10. The Campaign (WB) - $2.4 million ($82.8 mil.)