The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.
Milla Jovovich returned as Alice in Resident Evil: Retribution and the fifth installment topped the domestic box office with an estimated $21.1 million. The Screen Gems release opened in 3,012 theaters and averaged $7,005 per site. Made for $65 million, the movie earned another $50 million overseas from 50 territories for a worldwide total of $71.1 million. The previous film, Resident Evil: Afterlife, took in $26.7 million domestically and $39 million internationally its first weekend. IMAX theaters accounted for $6.1 million of “Retribution’s” total worldwide with $3 million coming from domestic locations and $3.1 million from overseas.
Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Resident Evil: Retribution co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe and Li Bingbing.
DisneyPixar re-released Finding Nemo in 3D theaters where the film earned $17.5 million in second place. The movie played in 2,904 theaters and averaged $2,904 per location.
The No. 1 movie of the last two weekends in North America, Lionsgate’s The Possession dropped down to third with $5.8 million. Budgeted at $14 million, the horror film has earned $41.2 million after three weeks.
The Weinstein Company’s Lawless also dropped two spots to fourth with $4.2 million and $30.1 million earned after three weeks.
Focus Features’ ParaNorman rounded out the top five adding $3 million. The stop-motion animated feature has collected $49.3 million in five weeks.
Roadside Attractions debuted the financial thriller Arbitrage, starring Richard Gere, in 197 theaters in which it earned a strong $2.1 million, or $10,508 per site. Raiders of the Lost Ark, meanwhile, played at 322 locations and made an estimated $400,000 and has earned $2.84 million so far.
The big story, however, was Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Jesse Plemons, David Warshofsky, Amy Adams and Rami Malek. The Weinstein Company opened the drama in five theaters where it earned an estimated $730,000. That is $146,000 per theater – a new per-screen record, surpassing Focus Features’ Moonrise Kingdom ($130,749) earlier this year.
Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films.