BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ Attacks the Box Office This Weekend with $27.7 Million

‘The American’ is shot down from the number one spot while ‘Takers’ steals the number two position.


Labor Day weekend presented some surprising results at the box office last week as the George Clooney thriller The American did much better than expected and beat out both newcomers Machete starring Danny Trejo and the romantic comedy Going the Distance for the number one spot on the charts. Early last weekend it looked like the heist film Takers was going to steal the number two position, but by Monday morning the Robert Rodriguez movie had cut its way to second place while the Drew Barrymore comedy barely cracked the top five. Now with the highly anticipated fourth chapter of the popular Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife opening this weekend it was almost inevitable that we would be crowning a new box office champ.

Debuting at number one this week is in fact the long awaited fourth chapter of the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife, based on the popular video game. Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) returns in the lead role and is accompanied by a talented cast of actors, which includes Ali Larter (Heroes), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Boris Kodjoe (Surrogates) and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy). The movie made $8,648 on each of its 3,203 screens for a decent opening weekend total of $27.7 million, which is almost half of its initial $60 million production budget.

Moving up one place from last week to number two is the urban heist film Takers. The movie boasts an all-star cast, which includes Paul Walker (Fast & Furious), Idris Elba(The Losers), Matt Dillon (Armored), Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), Michael Ealy (Miracle at St. Anna), Jay Hernandez (Quarantine), Chris Brown (Stomp the Yard), T.I. (American Gangster), and Zoe Saldana (Avatar). While the movie dropped almost 43.9% from last week and was seen in 15 less theaters, it earned roughly $2,784 on each of its 2,191 screens for a weekend total of $6.1 million. Now in just three weeks the movie has made over $48 million earning back its entire $32 million production cost and then some.

Falling two places from its number one debut last week to number three this week is the international espionage thriller starring Oscar winner George Clooney (Syriana), entitled The American. While the movie dropped almost 55.3% from last week, it was actually added in ten theaters and earned roughly $2,081 on each of its 2,833 screens for a weekend total of $5.8 million. Now in just two weeks the movie has made over $26 million earning back its entire $20 million production budget.

Falling two places from its debut last week to number four is the long-awaited motion picture from visionary director Robert Rodriguez called Machete, which is based on the short film that was featured in his and Quentin Tarantino's movie Grindhouse. The film stars PEwKBywCY6r6Aw||Danny Trejo} (Heat) in the title role and also features a colorful cast of accomplished actors including Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four), Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar), Jeff Fahey (Lost), Cheech Marin (The Perfect Game), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Steven Seagal (Half Past Dead), Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls) and Oscar winner Robert De Niro (Raging Bull). While the movie dropped an astonishing 63.2% from last week, it was actually added in eight theaters and earned roughly $1,568 on each of its 2,678 screens for a weekend total of $4.2 million. Now in two weeks the movie has made about $20.8 million earning back its entire $20 million production budget.

Rounding off the top five for the second week in a row is the romantic comedy about long distance relationships called Going the Distance. The movie boasts an all-star cast of comedic actors including Drew Barrymore (The Wedding Singer), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), Christina Applegate (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore), Ron Livingston (Office Space), Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Rob Riggle (The Hangover) and Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live). While the movie dropped almost 44.3% from last week, it earned roughly $1,266 on each of its 3,030 screens for a weekend total of $3.8 million. Now in two weeks of release the movie has only made around $14 million, which is not even close to earning back its $32 million production budget.

Doing well in limited release this week is the romantic comedy The Romantics starring Katie Holmes (Batman Begins), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring) and Candice Bergen (Gandhi). The movie debuted on only two screens but earned $22,200 on each for a weekend total of $44,400.

Next week will see the opening of four highly anticipated new films in wide release and three in limited release.

First up is the new film from actor turned director Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), which is already earning Oscar buzz called The Town. The bank robbery film that takes place in Boston stars a stellar cast of actors which in addition to Affleck himself includes Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Rebecca Hall (Please Give) and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation).

Also opening next week is the Scarlet Letter themed high school comedy Easy a starring Emma Stone (Zombieland, Superbad). The film's talented cast also includes Oscar nominees Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April) and Thomas Haden Church (Sideways) as well as Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Penn Badgley ((Gossip Girl), Amanda Bynes (Hairspray) and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange).

Next up is a new supernatural thriller based on a story written by the film's producer, director M. Night Shyamalan, called Devil. The film stars Chris Messina (Greenberg), Geoffrey Arend ((500) Days of Summer), Caroline Dhavernas (The Switch), Jacob Vargas (Death Race), Bokeem Woodbine (Ray) and Matt Craven (The Clearing).

Finally, opening in wide release next week is the 2010 Sundance Film Festival smash-hit movie, Catfish. The documentary follows filmmakers Henry Joost and Rel Schulman as they chronicle photogropher Nev Schulman's budding long distance romance with a girl he met on Facebook who may be hiding a big secret of her own.

Opening in limited release next week is the black comedy Leaves of Grass from writer/director Tim Blake Nelson. In addition to Nelson (The Incredible Hulk) the film also stars Oscar nominee Edward Norton (American History X), Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) and Modern Family star Ty Burrell.

Also opening in limited release is the new drama Never Let Me Go from One Hour Photo director Mark Romanek. The film stars Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Keira Knightley (Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl), as well as the new Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield (Untitled Spider-Man Reboot).

Finally, opening in limited release next week is the directorial debut of Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), entitled Jack Goes Boating. In addition to Hoffman the film also stars Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and John Ortiz (Public Enemies). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!

Resident Evil: Afterlife was released September 10th, 2010 and stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, Wentworth Miller. The film is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

Takers was released August 27th, 2010 and stars Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy, Idris Elba, Steve Harris, T.I., Jay Hernandez. The film is directed by John Luessenhop.

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  1. Diaigma

    I'll see it first before calling it dumb. I haven't seen it, so I can't say the story IS dumb. I didn't think much about Meatballs last year and it turned out to be really fun. Ask yourself this, @Daveactor - if you're an animator in need of work, would you turn it down?

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  2. Daveactor7

    @Diaigma-this is a serious question-why that dumb story? ask him that

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  3. Dan

    You didn't know he died? That was in the news a while back now.

    5 years agoby @dan1Flag

  4. Dan

    Eh, have fun. I'm watching The Town next week or whenever it comes out.

    5 years agoby @dan1Flag

  5. Diaigma

    Strike that - just found out a good friend of mine worked on Alpha and Omega . . . which means I'm obligated to see it. I'll take my boy with me. Good excuse, right? :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  6. Diaigma

    His last project is The Last Film Festival, @REAL - but I wasn't aware that he died :(
    Speaking of which, I can't see why Alpha and Omega will release this week. Owls comes out the week after. Three 3D releases in a row. That's just film suicide! :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  7. Dan

    Alpha and Omega holds no interest with me. Although, I have to ask, is that Dennis Hopper's last movie? His name is in the credits.

    5 years agoby @dan1Flag

  8. Daveactor7

    Alpha and Omega looks horrible. I think its either "the town" or "devil" is gonna win the top spot.

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  9. Diaigma

    Generally it's 3 wide releases a weekend, sometimes 4 . . .

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  10. Justhim_sir

    I feel a lot of films don't get room to breathe, so many new films in one month, what's the limit?

    5 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  11. DoubleR0522


    5 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  12. Diaigma

    About what I expected. Following the footsteps of the other REs: make its money back domestically, earn big bucks overseas. That's the reason these films keep going :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  13. ed_wood

    Alpha and Omega looks horrible even for a kids movie. I surely hope its not at the top.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  14. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    Takers at no.2 well Chris Brown and T.I. has did make their performance really good!
    Inception is still going but I think this will be its final week since 4 new films will be released
    Devil , The Town , Easy A and Alpha & Omega (A&O is sure to be #1 cause the film is PG which means kids want to see this! Devil might elevate to the top cause Fall is the Perfect season for psychological horror films!

    5 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  15. TheMime

    The axeman is by far one of the best villain in the Resident Evil franchise.

    5 years agoby @themimeFlag

  16. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    the best part was axeman vs clair

    5 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  17. Daveactor7

    @Guardian when there is a good movie theres no reason for someone not to like it. Hundreds have the same opinion and interests. No offense. I agree with u on ur whole point of twilight and resident evil though. But don't tell us to grow up lol

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  18. Guardian

    resident evil afterlife was a lot better than its previous 3, and the 3d was awsome! im not saying it was a great movie, just saying it was good and it was good enough to top the previous ones. its like the TWILIGHT movies, its mainly made for the fans (yes, i know some fans dont like it) and not for critics/non-fans. and yeah! inception still top 10! love that movie! and P.S., just because people (in other words, every single person on the planet) have different opinions and interests on some movies, doesnt make them stupid people. grow up guys.

    5 years agoby @guardian117Flag

  19. The Boondock Saint

    besides resident evil, this is a suprising box office. takers is still number 2? damn. glad to still see inception up there as well!!!!!!!!

    5 years agoby @combatmadness360Flag

  20. ejk1

    I'm sorry, I didn't mean Inception. I was talking of more recent fare, this week's garbage, and the movies coming out next Friday.

    5 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  21. Daveactor7

    whoa whoa what about inception? lol

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  22. Daveactor7

    @ejk1 completely agree

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  23. ejk1

    The Town looks great. The rest of these movies do not hold my interest at all.

    5 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  24. Daveactor7

    I wanna punch M. Night Shymalan in his face

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  25. moviegeek

    Ugh.. Airbender.... But it pulled in $40 mil opening weekend. Look at the story we are posting on !! $27,000,000 for Resident Evil 4 and it was even rated R! If people want dumb entertainment, they will seek it out, but they won't do the same for smarter entertainment. But who knows, Devil has a chance at being good. No reviews are in yet. I highly doubt it though...

    5 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  26. Daveactor7

    People in their right mind will go see "The town" though just saying
    Devil will not get a big audience due to "M. Night Shymalan's" involvement. I'm pretty sure last airbender was PG and wat a mess it was in the box office. I really think I lost brain cells when I saw that movie

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  27. ed_wood

    Next wee will go to The Town, but I think Devil will do ok. I don't care what they make as long as they're good movies. Afterlife was ok, not my favorite of the series but entertaining enough.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  28. moviegeek

    @Dave The Town is rated R, so it is less accessible than Devil. Also, look at Gone Baby Gone, a similar movie by the same director. Total gross was $18 mil. The Town will open with somewhere around $15 mil. Devil will get around $16-$17.

    5 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  29. Daveactor7

    I really hope "the town" wins out though

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  30. Daveactor7

    @kingbrady well put lol but i think people who have little brain cells will see devil even if M. Night Shymalan is making it. Even though its filmed 75% in an elevator. Look at "Buried" filmed 75% underground

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

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