That number one movie is the fifth installment in the surprisingly durable Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution. The latest film from Paul W.S. Anderson starring his wife, Milla Jovovich, earned an estimated 21.1 million between Friday and Sunday.
The movie was aided by inflated 3D ticket prices, which proved to be a saving grace for the franchise with the last installment, Resident Evil: Afterlife, two years ago. Though it grossed around $60 million domestically, Afterlife managed to carve out just under $300 million globally. Retribution should have a similarly strong international showing thanks to its 3D gimmick and universal language of stuff blowing up, but it's worth noting that this film's debut is the lowest in the franchise's decade-long history.
In second place, we've got the 3D re-release of Disney and Pixar's Finding Nemo. The animated film, first released in 2003, collected an estimated $17.5 million this weekend. Disney's plan to roll out previous hits in 3D came about after The Lion King cleaned up last year, and no subsequent animated re-release has managed to equal that 3D re-issue's phenomenal success, but Finding Nemo's weekend gross is nothing to sneeze at. The film likely suffered from the obvious fact that 2003 just wasn't too long ago. Still, considering that the movie made $890.2 million globally, this is basically icing on the cake.
That's it for the wide releases, but here we are considering a incredible bit of business in limited releases. Paul Anderson's hugely anticipated The Master, his first movie since 2007's There Will Be Blood, debuted in just five theaters between New York and Los Angeles, but still managed to earn $730,000 on sixteen screens. That's a truly phenomenal per-screen average. While the other Paul Anderson dominated the domestic charts, the more notable success story here is The Master.
Check out the top ten domestic releases this weekend:
1. Resident Evil: Retribution $21.1 million New Release
2. Finding Nemo $17.5 million New (Re)Release
3. The Possession $5.8 million $41.2 million
4. Lawless $4.2 million $30.1 million
5. ParaNorman $3.0 million $49.3 million
6. The Expendables 2 $3.0 million $80.3 million
7. The Words $2.9 million $9.2 million
8. The Bourne Legacy $2.8 million $107.8 million
9. The Odd Life of Timothy Green $2.5 million $46.3 million
10. The Campaign $2.4 million $82.8 million
So there you have it. American loves zombies, explosions, and pleather outfits with an abundance of buckles.