Last weekend was a good one for directors named Paul Anderson. Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: Retribution topped the box office with estimated earnings of $21.1 million. The latest movie in the series earned less than the $26.7 million made by Resident Evil: Afterlife, which came out two years ago. But the numbers was still good for the franchise that’s in its fifth movie already. Afterlife also did much better overseas than any of the previous titles due to 3D rendering. This should also be the case with Retribution.
On the other hand, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master scored a record for per-screen average with an estimated $145.949. The movie was shown on five screens to haul a total of $730,000. With its strong per-screen average, it would not be a surprise to see it do well as it expands to more screens across the nation. The Master was screened in non-digital, widescreen 70mm. The only problem is that there are a few theaters left that can accommodate the format.
Most industry observers expected Finding Nemo to top the box office charts this weekend but it had to settle for second place with an estimated haul of $17.5 million. That was enough to overtake the two-week leader The Possession, which dropped to third place with estimated earnings of $5.8 million.
Placing forth is Lawless with estimated earnings of $4.2 million. The Expendables 2 got fifth place with estimated earnings of $3 million. The box office rebounded from last week’s slump with a 25 percent increase but this weekend’s earnings are still down compared to the same period last year.
Nemo’s poor performance in the box offense could mean that 3D reissue of animated movies have lost its novelty. Finding Nemo earned the least among the five major reissues of converted animated classics since last year’s The Lion King.