"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.