411 Box Office Report: Resident Evil: Retribution Claims #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.16.2012
The video game zombie franchise reigns again…
Resident Evil: Retribution topped the box office this weekend. The fifth film in the franchise opened with $21 million to claim the #1 spot, averaging $7,005 from 3,012 theaters. The film, which was not screened for critics, had the lowest opening for the franchise domestically since the first film, but opened strong overseas with an additional $50 million to give it a $71 million worldwide opening. The film is sure to be a profitable one for Screen Gems thanks to a budget of just $65 million.
Opening in #2 was the 3D re-release of Finding Nemo. The Pixar film pulled in $17.5 million to average $6,028 from 2,904 theaters. That number is comparable to the $17.3 million that Titanic did in April as well as the $17.8 million that Beauty & The Beast did in January. The film now has a total gross of $357.2 million domestically and $885.4 million worldwide; its original budget was $94 million.
The Possession fell to #3 after two weekends in the top spot, finishing with $5.8 million. The Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick-led horror film has now grossed $41.2 million domestically and $53.3 million worldwide on a $14 million budget.
Lawless also fell two spots in its third weekend, down to #4 with $4.2 million. The film has now brought in $30.1 million from a budget of $12 million.
ParaNorman held on well, especially considering the opening of Finding Nemo. The film stayed even at #5 and dropped just 28% for a $3 million gross. It has now grossed $49.3 million domestically and $69.8 million worldwide. Its budget was $83 million.
The Expendables 2 slipped three spots to #6 in its fifth week, bringing in $3 million. The action flick has a total domestic gross of $80.3 million and a worldwide gross of $238.7 million. The sequel had a budget of $100 million.
Bradley Cooper's The Words fell several positions on the chart in its second week despite a solid drop. The film dropped three places to #7 with $2.9 million, falling 39%. It has now pulled in $9.2 million on a $6 million budget.
Down two spots in its sixth week to #8, The Bourne Legacy grossed $2.9 million. The latest film in the Bourne franchise has now grossed $107.8 million domestically and $185.9 million worldwide on a budget of $125 million.
Jennifer Garner's The Odd Life of Timothy Green fell two places to #9 in its fifth week with $2.5 million. The fantasy drama has now grossed $46.3 million from a budget of $40 million.
Zack Galifianakis and Will Ferrell's The Campaign slipped two places to #10 in its sixth week with $2.4 million. The political comedy has brought in $82.9 million domestically and $85 million worldwide on a budget of $56 million.
The weekend box office tally was $84.3 million, down 18% from last year's $102.2 million gross that was topped by The Lion King 3D's $30.2 million start.
Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN
1. Resident Evil: Retribution - $21 million ($21 million total)
2. Finding Nemo 3D - $17.5 million ($357.4 million)
3. The Possession - $5.8 million ($41.2 million total)
4. Lawless - $4.2 million ($30.1 million total)
5. ParaNorman - $3 million ($49.3 million total)
6. The Expendables 2 - $3 million ($80.3 million total)
7. The Words - $2.9 million ($9.2 million total)
8. The Bourne Legacy - $2.9 million ($107.8 million total)
9. The Odd Life of Timothy Green - $2.5 million ($46.3 million total)
10. The Campaign - $2.4 million ($82.9 million total)