Resident Evil: Retribution led the weekend in a surprising turn, proving that action fans are still thirsty for violence in the fall season, bringing in $21.1 million for the movie’s opening weekend, beating out Disney‘s 3D re-release of Finding Nemo by a few million dollars. The lost clown fish story still managed to nab $17.5 million for the company. Maybe it’s the fact that the 3D re-release is no longer a new concept, but the film managed to miss The Lion King‘s 3D re-release mark by $13 million.
The Possession managed to hold at $9.5 million to get the film to number 3 for the weekend, boosting its total to $41 million domestically, which makes it a nice hit for Sam Raimi‘s Ghost House Pictures on a $14 million budget. Given the advertising budget, this film is just now breaking even, and video sales and rentals will push it into profitability easily.
Lawless managed to hang in at number 4, bringing its total to $30 million. I’m not sure on the budget for Lawless, but this probably means it will eventually turn a profit for The Weinstein Company.
ParaNorman came in at number 5 with $3 million on the weekend, pushing it to $49 million overall. It probably had a much larger budget, but these animated films tend to make more on video anyway, so it shouldn’t be too bad a flop for LAIKA, the animation company behind it.
The Expendables 2 held the number 6 spot on the weekend with $3 million, boosting the total for that one up to $80 million. While the $100 million budget might be matched by the gross before it exits theaters, it is nowhere near the hit that the first one is, which grossed well over $100 million by this point in its release.
At number 7 was The Words with $2.88 million, which puts it at $9.1 million overall, which isn’t terrible considering the movie was made on the cheap for $6 million. The Bourne Legacy came in at number 8 with $2.875 million for the weekend, pushing its total to $107 million overall, which is a bit of a stall out for the $125 million movie, proving that the original trilogy had something about it that this continuation just doesn’t have.
At number 9 was The Odd Life of Timothy Green with $2.5 million, bringing its total to $46 million, and considering the film was probably made pretty cheap, and will do with the family market on video and rental, this one is sure to make its producers happy.
Rounding out the top 10 was The Campaign with $2.4 million, holding into the heat up of election season, pushing its gross to $82 million, which I’m sure means it will be profitable. This is the first week The Dark Knight Rises has dropped out of the top 10, but the film has made $1 billion worldwide, so no one is mad at that.
The Master didn’t manage to crack the top 10, but it made $730,000 on only 5 screens, a $146,000 per screen average, which is an all time record, so as this one expands (as it surely will in coming weeks) it’s sure to do well for The Weinstein Company as we head into awards season.
Next week has something for everyone, with Dredd 3D, Trouble With the Curve, End of Watch, and House at the End of the Street all releasing, so we can bet on some major shake ups in the top 10, and a lot of the movies that have been holding strong being bumped from the top 10 list.