It’s another box office victory for 3-D moviemaking, as Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D beat out the competition to snag the number one spot over the weekend. Not that the competition was anything that formidable; Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D was the only new movie out in wide release, and was therefore competing against movies that had already been out for at least a week. So only a small feather for director Paul W.S. Anderson’s cap. The 3-D film made $27.7 million over the weekend; second place went to Takers, which earned $6.1 million over the weekend, bringing its total gross so far to $48.1 million. Third place went to The American (weekend gross $5.8 million, total gross $28.3 million), fourth went to Machete (weekend gross $4.2 million, total gross $20.8 million) and rounding out the top five was Going the Distance, starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long (weekend gross $3.8 million, total gross $14 million).
Though Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D was the only new movie out in wide release this past weekend, there’s a long list of new movies with smaller releases. One is Legendary (a wrestling movie, released by WWE Films, starring John Cena—somehow, all three things combined to gross only $135,210). I’m Still Here, starring some seriously absurd facial hair, and, oh, Joaquin Phoenix, earned $98,000, while De Mai Tinh earned $52,800. Other releases were The Romantics ($42,900), Expecting Mary ($28,700), Bran Nue Dae ($26,960) and Lovely, Still ($4,400).
Will next weekend see a more exciting box office? If you like films starring Keira Knightley that have been adapted from literary masterpieces (as opposed to films starring Milla Jovovich that have been adapted from video games), then the answer is yes. Never Let Me Go, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, comes out on September 15th. Also out on the 15th (in limited release) are I Am Comic and Kings of Pastry. Out on the 17th are Alpha and Omega 3D, Easy A, Devil, The Town and Catfish. Limited releases on that date are The Freebie, Jack Goes Boating, The Wild Hunt, Picture Me: A Model’s Diary, Skateland, El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances and The Trouble With Terkel.