Weekend Receipts: Evil Truimphs

Resident+Evil+Afterlife_500.jpgMilla Jovovich had a very good weekend while everyone else counted their pennies to see if they had enough to afford a dollar taco as Resident Evil: Afterlife dominated as only a 3D zombie shoot 'em up could. Your weekend receipts are here.

1. Resident Evil: Afterlife

Gross: $27,700,000 (new)

Screens: 3,203 (PSA: $8,648)

Weeks: 1

I cannot believe that this is the fourth installment of this series. I see a lot of movies and I'd be hard-pressed to tell you absolutely anything about any of the previous films, except that Michelle Rodriguez is in the first one. But, hey, the more successful these things are, maybe the closer we come to a Fifth Element sequel. Multi-pass anyone?

2. Takers

Gross: $6,100,000 ($48,105,000)

Screens: 2,191 (PSA: $2,784)

Weeks: 3 (change: -43.9%)

When no one was looking, Hayden Christensen became the secret king of Hollywood, thanks to this steadily chugging little flick. Sure, some may point to the wide, popular appeal of T.I., but I say never underestimated the universal draw of a whisper-thin Canadian and his porkpie hat.

3. The American

Gross: $5,896,000 ($26,731,000)

Screens: 2,833 (PSA: $2,081)

Weeks: 2 (change: -55.3%)

Oh, George. We complain about crap movies littering the multiplex but when a solid, well-done movie for grown-ups comes along, we give it the cold shoulder. Oh, well. I guess we can look forward to Takers 2: Already Tooken in a few, scant months. It's what we deserve.

4. Machete

Gross: $4,200,000 ($32,477,000)

Screens: 2,6784 (PSA: $1,568)

Weeks: 2 (change:-63.2%)

And while I'm kvetching, I'm mystified how this one is drawing so low while The Expendables is nearing the $100 million mark. It's nearly the same idea, but Machete is a little more accepting of its camp value. And it has more boobs! We'll never get to Machete Kills Again at this rate.

5. Going the Distance

Gross: $3,835,000 ($14,000,000)

Screens: 3,030 (PSA: $1,266)

Weeks: 2 (change:-44.3%)

And then there's this thing. Critics didn't care for it and people sure as heck ain't seeing it. So please welcome Justin Long to the NBC Must See TV family next season!

[Numbers via Box Office Mojo]


  • Couldn't disagree more re: Machete vs. Expendables. Both offer weak scripts and the promise of brainless genre fun. But the action in the former is rather weak - the ending is an unholy mess - while Stallone delivers several cracker jack sequences in his film. Plus, Machete slathers on the ugly political commentary while The Expendables keeps the nonsense apolitical. It's a no brainer why its beating the pants off the competition.