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Weekend Box-Office: September 14-16, 2012

Sep. 16, 2012by: Dave Davis

It pays to be Evil!

After tumbleweeds at the multiplexes last weekend, people returned to theaters this week for zombies and CG fish.

At the top of the chart with $21.1 million was RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, the fifth installment in the Milla-fronted franchise of videogame adaptations. The 3D R-rated apocalyptic actioner opened a bit lower than the previous three RESIDENT EVIL entries, but RETRIBUTION has also made an additional $50 million from international crowds, thereby already covering its $65M production budget (the last flick RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE ended up close to $300M total worldwide).

Behind the battle against undead was Pixar's 3D reissue of FINDING NEMO, in second with $17.5 million. The quest for the little swimmer was behind other Disney 3D re-releases THE LION KING ($30.1M opening) and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ($17.7M), but ahead of TOY STORY 1 & 2 ($12.4M) -- although Buzz and Woody were on just over half the number of screens as Marlin and friends.

After two weeks in first place, the Sam Raimi-produced chiller THE POSSESSION came in third with another $5.8 million, pushing its total to $41.6M. LAWLESS followed with $4.2 million, and PARANORMAN is holding place in fifth as THE EXPENDABLES 2 and last week's new release THE WORDS slide past the young stop-motion supernatural protagonist.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES has disappeared into shadow after two straight months in the Top 10, but its total has put it in both the all time domestic chart (#8 with $441M) and worldwide total (#9 with $1.04 billion). The anti-Obama documentary 2016 OBAMA'S AMERICA also slipped from the list this weekend, but has made $30M so far.

Some interesting activity outside the chart: Paul Thomas Anderson's THE MASTER opened at just five locations but collected an impressive $730k, with a per-screen average of $145k (besting Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM, which started out with $130k per-screen). And the Richard Gere financial thriller ARBITRAGE was only released in 197 theaters, but has already made $2 million with a per-screen higher than anything in the Top 10.

The same can't be said for the latest Nic Cage action flick STOLEN (from THE EXPENDABLES 2 and CON AIR director Simon West), which got dumped on 141 screens to chump change ($204k). And the "Chuck Norris approved" (yes, really) movie LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE, from the company that released 2016 OBAMA'S AMERICA, came out on 1400 screens but only generated $1.7M. (That one's notable for starring Marshall Teague, perhaps best known as the Swayze-fighting henchman in ROAD HOUSE -- from "I used to f*ck guys like you in prison" to faith-based drama.)

Next weekend offers an intriguing variety, including the Jennifer Lawrence horror movie HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET, Karl Urban under the helmet (for the whole movie) as the law in DREDD, Clint Eastwood's baseball scouting drama TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, and the Jake Gyllenhaal cop thriller END OF WATCH, plus the expansion of Paul Thomas Anderson's THE MASTER.

Do you plan to see DREDD next weekend? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Resident Evil: Retribution $21.1 M
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2. Finding Nemo 3D $17.5 M
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3. The Possession $5.8 M $41.1 M
4. Lawless $4.2 M $30.1 M
5. ParaNorman $3 M $49.3 M
6. The Expendables 2 $3 M $80.2 M
7. The Words $2.8 M $9.1 M
8. The Bourne Legacy $2.8 M $107.8 M
9. The Odd Life of Timothy Green $2.5 M $46.2 M
10. The Campaign $2.4 M $82.8 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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3:25PM on 09/16/2012
Go see Dredd!
Go see Dredd!
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3:42PM on 09/16/2012
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but who are all these people flocking to the RE movies, especially internationally, where it's making most of its profit? This is one of many franchises (Ice Age and Underworld being the other two) that is soooooo mediocre and sooooo uninspired that the profit it draws up is amazingly ridiculous! If people just stop watching them, they won't make any more sequels. It's that simple!
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but who are all these people flocking to the RE movies, especially internationally, where it's making most of its profit? This is one of many franchises (Ice Age and Underworld being the other two) that is soooooo mediocre and sooooo uninspired that the profit it draws up is amazingly ridiculous! If people just stop watching them, they won't make any more sequels. It's that simple!
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4:15PM on 09/16/2012
I'm glad to see one Paul Anderson do well, and I'm also disappointed to see one Paul Anderson do well.
I'm glad to see one Paul Anderson do well, and I'm also disappointed to see one Paul Anderson do well.
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4:20PM on 09/16/2012

Zzzzzzz............

Wake me up until next weekend comes!
Wake me up until next weekend comes!
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1:27AM on 09/17/2012
What did I do to get so much ire??? Are there that many Resident Evil fans here???
What did I do to get so much ire??? Are there that many Resident Evil fans here???
4:33PM on 09/16/2012

DREDD

LAW....I am the LAW.
LAW....I am the LAW.
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5:18PM on 09/16/2012

lol JACKIE CHAN

come on, that totally looks like Milla Jovovich is kicking the shit out of Jackie Chan in the pic... yeah right!
come on, that totally looks like Milla Jovovich is kicking the shit out of Jackie Chan in the pic... yeah right!
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6:00PM on 09/16/2012
So glad 2016 Obama's America is out of that list. Getting pretty sick of Dinesh DSouza's vile propaganda bullshit.
So glad 2016 Obama's America is out of that list. Getting pretty sick of Dinesh DSouza's vile propaganda bullshit.
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8:57PM on 09/16/2012
@ ChefRavi

I kind of have to. I'm a law student. :)

@ Wooster

What happened to Michael Moore in general?
@ ChefRavi

I kind of have to. I'm a law student. :)

@ Wooster

What happened to Michael Moore in general?
8:08PM on 09/16/2012
Whatever happened to Michael Moore's vile propagandist bullshit?
Whatever happened to Michael Moore's vile propagandist bullshit?
6:09PM on 09/16/2012
Yes, because I'm sure you watched it yourself and then proceeded to factcheck all the questions you had from independent research.
Yes, because I'm sure you watched it yourself and then proceeded to factcheck all the questions you had from independent research.
8:10PM on 09/16/2012
It looks like Milla Jovovich just smelled a rotten fart in that pic
It looks like Milla Jovovich just smelled a rotten fart in that pic
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8:36PM on 09/16/2012
Holy shit you're right!
Holy shit you're right!
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8:39PM on 09/16/2012
Who the hell keeps paying to see these godawful RE movies? Damn people now we will just keep getting more & more of this garbage.
Who the hell keeps paying to see these godawful RE movies? Damn people now we will just keep getting more & more of this garbage.
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9:37PM on 09/16/2012

Minor Spoilers

I'm a huge RE fan, but I was very dissapointed with retribution. Starting with the rewind opening whitch was a horrible idea, and 95% of the movie taking place in one big "test area". The only good part was the last 10 seconds where we're left with another cliffhanger, and it's the best cliffhanger they've had. I'm glad RE is #1 just because I want to see what they do with the ending in the next one.
I'm a huge RE fan, but I was very dissapointed with retribution. Starting with the rewind opening whitch was a horrible idea, and 95% of the movie taking place in one big "test area". The only good part was the last 10 seconds where we're left with another cliffhanger, and it's the best cliffhanger they've had. I'm glad RE is #1 just because I want to see what they do with the ending in the next one.
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1:39PM on 09/17/2012
Good job, RE!!... and LoL @ the haters. " I don't get it. I don't understand why Hollywood doesn't revolve around my movie interests and stops making these movies just because I don't like them? I don't get it."
Good job, RE!!... and LoL @ the haters. " I don't get it. I don't understand why Hollywood doesn't revolve around my movie interests and stops making these movies just because I don't like them? I don't get it."
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