“RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE” to set franchise box-office record

Originally posted on 2010-09-11 12:25:32 by

The very early box-office estimates for this weekend are in, and based on Friday’s figures, it looks like RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE will very easily claim the number-one spot, and also have the best opening in the franchise’s history.

Deadline reports an opening-day gross (presumably including Thursday-midnight shows) of $11 million, which should be good for a weekend total of $28 million. (Final estimates will be announced Sunday afternoon.) That bests the three previous films in Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich’s video-game-based zombie series: The original opened in March 2002 to $17.7 million and finished with $40.1 million; APOCALYPSE debuted in September 2004 to $23 million on the way to $51.2 million; and EXTINCTION started off with $23.7 million in September 2007 and wrapped up with $50.6 million. Higher ticket prices for 3-D showings of AFTERLIFE helped, of course; about 2,000 of the movie’s 3,203 screens were 3-D, including 164 in IMAX. Elsewhere on the chart, Fox’s MACHETE looks to take a big drop to about $4.5 million and fifth place in its second weekend for a total of $21.1 million, while THE LAST EXORCISM should do about $3-$3.5 million for sixth place and a cume of $38.2 million.

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