“Resident Evil: Extinction Leads Box Office
Sony estimates a $24 million gross for the weekend.
By Andrew Hayward, 09/24/2007
Resident Evil: Extinction, the third film in the game-based film trilogy, opened atop the North American box office this weekend with $24 million across 2,828 theaters, according to studio estimates released yesterday. As reported on Friday, analysts projected a $20-21 million opening weekend for the film, which was budgeted at about $45 million.
Should the estimates hold true, Extinction will have earned just slightly more in its opening weekend than its immediate predecessor, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, which also opened at #1 with $23 million in 2004. According to Box Office Mojo, Extinction sold fewer tickets than Apocalypse, though the rising costs of film tickets made up the difference (and then some). Apocalypse lost steam after its opening weekend, drawing $51 million in total over its domestic theatrical run. We’ll be keeping tabs on Extinction to see if it has more staying power than its predecessors.
Dane Cook vehicle Good Luck Chuck met projections with an estimated $14 million over the weekend, landing squarely in the second slot (ahead of last week’s top flick, The Brave One, which brought in an additional $7.4 million). Actual numbers are expected to be available later this afternoon — we’ll update if the final numbers diverge significantly from the estimates.”1UP….
I also dropped my money on this movie and I have to say that it is the weakest of the trilogy but certainly not a bad movie. I love these movies but I have some problems with this one.
First and foremost in Resident Evil Apocalypse Alice had these incredible mind blowing mental powers. But in this movie she hardly uses them even when Umbrella all ready knows where she is.
Second, the ending was horrible and could easily lead to another movie and this was supposed to be the last one. I’m not even sure I want to see a fourth movie; they completely accelerated a story line that could have been told over at least 6 movies but they decided to make this a trilogy and do a horrible job of telling what happened between 2 and 3. Besides that, never fleshing out Alice’s character even though she is basically the main character of the trilogy.
Third, this movie was FAR TOO SHORT! An hour and a half is just not enough for a movie anymore. Most movies with descent stories are at least 2 hours now a days and they could have used this time to prevent the movie from looking like a sequel could be forthcoming.
I would just like to say that as much as I really love Mila and the whole cast of these movies, especially Valentine(Sienna Guillory). But what would have been wrong with doing the actual Resident Evil video game story? I mean it would have taken some editing and probably some modernizing but it could have been a landmark series for movies based on video games.
As much as I’d love to see another Resident Evil movie, I think it probably would be best not to have one. Because after Extinction there really isn’t anything left…