‘Resident Evil’ a Hit at U.S. Box Office
In the second weekend of September, girls, guns, and zombies ruled the North American box office in one of the quietest weekends of the year.
With no new releases to compete with, sci-fi horror ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ opened to over $26.7 million, easily claiming first place at the box office.
In second place, crime thriller ‘Takers’ declined 48% to 5.7 million, raising its total gross to 47.7 million in three weeks.
Settling for third place, George Clooney’s latest spy thriller ‘The American’ performed even worse, falling 57% to $5.7 million. In two weeks, the film has only grossed $28.1 million, becoming one of the star’s least successful films on record.
Similarly, low-budget action picture ‘Machete’ and romantic comedy ‘Going the Distance’ performed poorly in their second weekends, grossing $4.3 million and $3.8 million in fourth and fifth place respectively.
Starring actress Milla Jovovich as super powered-heroine Alice, the latest instalment in the franchise continues the tale of a group of survivors seeking shelter in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies and other mutant monsters. This time, Alice must once again defeat the sinister Umbrella Corporation, the government agency responsible for the outbreak, putting an end to their inhumane activities for good.
In addition to the series’ usual high-tech action and effects, ‘Afterlife’ was also the first film in the series to be shot in 3D, using the same camera system as James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster ‘Avatar’.
Despite its commercial success however, critics have universally panned the film, criticising the quality of its acting, direction, and script. Currently, the movie’s rating on film site Rotten Tomatoes stands at only 20%, based on reviews from 45 critics.
Although it ranked outside the top five, Will Ferrell’s cop comedy ‘The Other Guys’ still held well in its fifth week, placing sixth with $3.3 million.
Even though the film has yet to be released in most overseas markets, the action spoof has so far grossed a stellar $112.4 million throughout its U.S. run.
However, Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster ‘Inception’ once again showed the most stamina out of all the week’s releases. With a decline of just 39%, the sci-fi thriller was able to gross $2.8 million in tenth place, even after playing for over two months in U.S. theatres.
With a worldwide total of $731 million, ‘Inception’ is currently the most successful live action film of the year, as well as one of the highest-grossing films in history.
Top U.S. Box Office Hits
- Resident Evil: Afterlife - $26.7 million
- Takers - $5.7 million
- The American - $5.7 million
- Machete - $4.3 million
- Going the Distance - $3.8 million
- The Other Guys - $3.3 million
- The Last Exorcism - $3.3 million
- The Expendables - $3.2 million
- Eat Pray Love - $2.9 million
- Inception - $2.8 million
‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ has a release date of September 30 in Hong Kong.