Resident Evil: Retribution did not have the weekend debut it was looking for but it was enough to win the weekend box office race. The fifth edition of the franchise debuted at $21 million and took first place, but that was very little consolation for the movie given the huge drop off from the fourth edition.
The latest Resident Evil edition was $5 million less than the fourth edition and overall placed fourth among the five editions. It only was able to earn more than the original Resident Evil that took in $17 million, but with the increase in ticket prices, it means that fewer people attended the latest edition making it the least popular of all five.
Second place went to Disney’s Finding Nemo, but its take for the weekend was also disappointing. Hopes had been high that its popularity and status as one of the highest grossing Pixar films might help it have a much higher release than the $17 million it took in. Disney executives were hoping for $30 million.
Arbitrage, the much talked about and critically acclaimed movie opened in only 200 theaters, but missed the top 10 by just two positions and a half a million dollars. The movie stars Richard Gere.
Taking the third place slot with over $5.8 million in sales was The Possession, which increased its overall take to just over $41 million in three weeks. Fourth place went to Lawless with $4.2 million giving it an overall take of $30 million in three weeks. ParaNorman took fifth place with $3 million, while The Expendables 2 dropped to sixth by now has earned over $80 million in five weeks of domestic release.