Friday Box Office – RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION On Top with $8.4 Million; FINDING NEMO 3D Second with $5.1 Million

     September 15, 2012

Resident Evil Retribution slice

After enduring the worst weekend since 2008 (and a couple more low weekends besides), the box office received a much-needed boost on Friday from a pair of familiar features. Resident Evil: Retribution was yesterday’s clear winner, earning an estimated $8.4 million from 3,012 locations. The fifth entry in the Resident Evil franchise, Retribution is expected to take in $22 million through Sunday – a slight decline from the $26.6 million posted by Resident Evil: Afterlife on this weekend in 2010. The last RE feature (and the first to feature 3D effects), Afterlife went on to earn almost $300 million worldwide – 79% of that from international audiences. 3D technology also claimed second place at the Friday box office with the debut of Finding Nemo 3D. The first Pixar classic to get a 3D make-over since the Toy Story/Toy Story 2 double feature, Nemo 3D earned an estimated $5.1 million from 2,904 runs for what is expected to be a debut weekend in the $18 million range. Finally, in just 5 theatres in New York and LA, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master broke records for a limited release with a giant per-screen average of $48,425. Full details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1. Resident Evil 5 $8,400,000 $8.4
2. Finding Nemo 3D $5,100,000 $5.1
3. The Possession $1,800,000 $41.3
4. Lawless $1,400,000 $30.3
5. The Words $930,000 $7.2

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