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‘Resident Evil’ leads slow weekend

September 13, 2010

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— On a weekend that Hollywood was largely content to cede to football and late-summer barbecues, Sony-Screen Gems’ “Resident Evil: Afterlife” led the box office.

The 3-D horror film earned $27.7 million over the weekend according to studio estimates Sunday, a total that exceeded expectations. It’s the fourth “Resident Evil” film, all of which have starred Milla Jovovich. This installment opened better than the three previous movies.

“Resident Evil” was the only film in new release on the historically slow moviegoing weekend following Labor Day. With an estimated box-office total of $82 million, it was the lowest grossing weekend of the year.

Screen Gems’ “Takers,” in its third week of release, came in second with $6.1 million. Last weekend’s top film, the George Clooney thriller “The American,” took in $5.9 million for Focus Features.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com.

  1. “Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D,” $27.7 million.

  2. “Takers,” $6.1 million.

  3. “The American,” $5.9 million.

  4. “Machete,” $4.2 million.

  5. “Going the Distance,” $3.8 million.

  6. “The Other Guys,” $3.6 million.

  7. “The Last Exorcism,” $3.5 million.

  8. “The Expendables,” $3.3 million.

  9. “Inception,” $3 million.

  10. “Eat Pray Love,” $2.9 million.

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