'Resident Evil' Tops Box Office

Zombie threequel beats out 'Good Luck Chuck' and 'The Brave One' in debut weekend
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2007 3:18 AM CDT
Viggo Mortensen, left, Naomi Watts and David Cronenberg, right, pose as they arrive for the premiere of "Eastern Promises" during the the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, in this Saturday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – "Resident Evil: Extinction" ruled the box office this week, raking in $24 million over the weekend, more than either of the previous two installments. The video game-inspired zombie threequel trounced fellow openers "Good Luck Chuck" ($14 million), which ranked second, fifth-place "Eastern Promises" ($5.7 million), and sixth-grossing "Sydney White" ($5.3 million). Unusually, the top five movies were all rated R.

A few limited-release movies did remarkably well. Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" racked up $206,596 at just four theaters—a whopping $51,649 per theater. "Resident Evil" made only $8,487 per theater. "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," which stars Brad Pitt and is already drawing awards speculation, also fared impressively, pulling in $144,000 at five theaters.