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“Resident Evil: Extinction” Scares Its Way Into the Top Spot on Friday

Sony/Screen Gems’ third and final film in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Extinction, led a pack of four new releases in the top 10 with an estimated $9.50 million from 2,828 theaters on Friday night.

Holding off three other new releases in the process, the film looks poised to at least surpass the original (2002’s Resident Evil–$17.71 million) and has a good shot at beating the second film in the franchise (2004’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse — $23.04 million).

The film should take in around $23-24 million. Again, it’s going to be a toss up as to whether or not it’ll beat ‘Apocalypse’ in first weekend box office. It’s going to be very close.

Lionsgate’s Good Luck Chuck, the R-rated comedy starring Jessica Alba and Dane Cook, opened up in second place with a respectable $5.00 million (estimated) from 2,612 theaters. Look for the comedy to pull in about $14-15 million.

Focus Pictures’ Eastern Promises, which was the weekends best reviewed new film, debuted in fourth place with an estimated $1.84 million from only 1,404 theaters (third best PTA of any film in the top 10). That should translate to around a $5.75-6.00 million weekend.

And that brings us to the last new film in the top 10, Universal’s Sydney White in sixth place with an estimated $1.72 million from 2,104 theaters. Look for this latest Amanda Bynes comedy to pull in somewhere in the neighborhood of $5.00-5.25 million for the weekend.

Moving to the holdovers, last week’s number one film, The Brave One, took third place with an estimated $2.22 million from 2,755 theaters, pushing its eight day total to $19.92 million. This is a solid second Friday effort for the film, which looks headed for a $6.75-7.00 million weekend (enough for a sub-50% drop).

And rounding out the top 10 was 3:10 to Yuma in fifth place with an estimated $1.75 million from 2,902 theaters, pushing its 15 day total to $33.31 million, a respectable tally for a Western, but still well short of the films $55 million budget. Look for a weekend tally of about $5.80 million.

Mr. Woodcock took seventh place with an estimated $1.58 million from 2,237 theaters ($12.30 million through eight days of release), while Superbad grossed an estimated $965,000 from 2,305 theaters, pushing its 36 day total to a strong $114.04 million.

And the final two spots went to The Bourne Ultimatum in ninth place with an estimated $845,000 from 2,009 theaters ($218.21 million through 50 days of release) and Halloween in 10th place with an estimated $650,000 from 2,338 theaters (53.07 million through 22 days of release).

That’s all for Friday’s box office. Be sure to check back on Sunday to view the complete top 10 grossing films of the weekend.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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