A 3-D version of “Finding Nemo” was expected to dominate the box office upon its debut, but the
The biggest success story at the box office this weekend was the limited release of “The Master,”
It was a good weekend for independent film, as the
Though the latest "Resident Evil" movie was the highest-grossing film at the box office this weekend, its opening is disappointing compared with the previous entries in the series. The 3-D movie had the worst debut of any "Resident Evil" film since the original, which launched with $17.7 million in 2002. The following three films had continued to gross a higher sum on their respective opening weekends, with the most recent installment, "Resident Evil: Afterlife," beginning with $26.7 million in 2010.
"Afterlife" eventually grossed $60 million domestically but did its real business overseas, where it sold $236.1-million worth of tickets — about 80% of its overall business. It's likely that "Retribution" will follow the same trajectory, as the $65-million production opened in 50 foreign markets this weekend and grossed around $50 million. That's roughly 28% ahead of the $39 million "Afterlife" made in the same countries in its first weekend abroad.
Those who saw the film in the U.S. and Canada — a 64% male audience — didn't seem to like it, assigning it an average grade of C+, according to market research firm CinemaScore.
Heading into the weekend, Walt Disney Studios was hoping its revamped
It was the strength of the 3-D "Lion King" which prompted Disney to decide to re-release four more of its titles in the format. The studio is still planning to release 3-D versions of "Monsters Inc." and "The Little Mermaid."
Though the new "Finding Nemo" didn't live up to expectations, it didn't cost Disney much. The studio said it spent under $5 million to convert the film to 3-D.
[Updated, 1:52 p.m. Sept. 16: Japanese audiences went crazy for "Resident Evil: Retribution," as the film grossed more in the country than any other location overseas. The movie raked in $10.3 million in
Here are the top 10 movies at the domestic box office, according to studio estimates and Hollywood.com:
1. "Resident Evil: Retribution" (
2. "Finding Nemo 3-D" (Disney): Opened with $17.5 million. $5.1 million overseas in seven foreign markets.
5. "ParaNorman" (Focus/Laika): $3 million on its fifth weekend, down 28%. Domestic total: $49.3 million. $3.8 million overseas in 36 foreign markets. International total: $25 million.
6. "The Expendables 2" (Lionsgate/Millennium): $3 million on its fifth weekend, down 39%. Domestic total: $80.3 million.
8. "The Bourne Legacy" (Universal/Relativity): $2.9 million on its sixth weekend, down 28%. Domestic total: $107.8 million. $9.1 million overseas in 52 foreign markets. International total: $91.1 million.