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‘Resident Evil’ Is No. 1 Movie With $26.7 Million

‘Resident Evil’ Is No. 1 Movie With $26.7 Million

“Resident Evil: Afterlife,” the fourth film in the science-fiction series, was the top-grossing movie in the U.S. and Canada this past weekend, generating $26.7 million in ticket sales for Sony Corp.

“Takers,” which is also from Sony, finished second, moving up the rankings from its third-place finish last week, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in an e-mailed statement.

“Resident Evil,” the weekend’s only wide release, stars Milla Jovovich as a warrior who tries to shepherd a band of humans to safety in a world overrun by zombies. The first three movies averaged $47.3 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada and $126.5 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. This weekend had the lowest ticket sales this year, Hollywood.com Box-Office said.

“Sony took tremendous advantage of what is typically one of the slowest weekends of the year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com Box-Office, in a telephone interview. “Sony found that sweet spot” and “worked it.”

It was the fifth time this year, Sony topped the weekend charts, according to Hollywood.com Box-Office. The company’s $922.3 million in 2010 sales through Sept. 9 place it fifth among the major Hollywood studios, according to Box Office Mojo’s website.

‘The American’

The “Resident Evil” films are based on the video game from Osaka, Japan-based Capcom Co. The film was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who also directed the original “Resident Evil,” released in 2002.

“Takers,” which finished second, had receipts of $5.67 million. The film features singer Chris Brown and Hayden Christensen, who are part of a group of bank robbers being chased by a veteran detective played by Matt Dillon.

George Clooney’s spy drama “The American” dropped to third from first place with $5.67 million, trailing “Takers” by about $100,000. In the Focus Features film, Clooney plays an assassin who is hiding out in Italy between assignments. His circumstances become more perilous after he is asked to build a weapon for another hit.

Fox’s “Machete” fell to fourth from second with $4.29 million. In the movie, Danny Trejo plays a former Mexican police officer who seeks revenge against a group that betrayed him. The Robert Rodriguez action film co-stars Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro and Don Johnson.

‘Going the Distance’

“Going the Distance” was fifth again this week with $3.79 million. In the romantic comedy by Warner Bros., Drew Barrymore and Justin Long play a pair of 30-somethings trying to sustain a bicoastal relationship.

Weekend sales for the top 12 films fell 14 percent to $65.8 million from $76.2 million a year earlier, Hollywood.com said. Year-to-date receipts total $7.81 billion, up 3.9 percent from $7.51 billion. Attendance has fallen 1.6 percent this year.

The following table has figures provided by studios to Los Angeles-based Hollywood.com Box-Office. The amounts are based on actual ticket sales for Sept. 10-12.

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Rev. Avg./ Pct. Total Movie (mln) Theaters Theater Chg. (mln) Wks ================================================================ 1 RESIDENT EVIL 26.7 3,203 8,320 -- 26.7 1 2 TAKERS 5.7 2,191 2,590 -48 47.7 3 3 THE AMERICAN 5.7 2,833 2,003 -57 28.1 2 4 MACHETE 4.3 2,678 1,603 -62 20.9 2 5 GOING THE DISTANCE 3.8 3,030 1,250 -45 14.0 2 6 THE OTHER GUYS 3.3 2,246 1,491 -37 112.4 6 7 THE LAST EXORCISM 3.3 2,731 1,217 -55 38.1 3 8 THE EXPENDABLES 3.2 3,058 1,054 -51 98.5 5 9 EAT PRAY LOVE 2.9 2,339 1,252 -39 74.7 5 10 INCEPTION 2.8 1,583 1,770 -50 282.2 9 11 NANNY MCPHEE 2.1 2,364 880 -41 26.3 4 12 THE SWITCH 2.0 1,595 1,255 -36 25.0 4

Top 12 Films Grosses

This Week Year Ago Pct.

(mln) (mln) Chg. ===================================

$65.8 $76.2 -13.7

Year-to-date Revenue

2010 2009

YTD YTD Pct.

(mln) (mln) Chg. ===================================

$7,809 $7,512 +3.9

Year-to-date Attendance: -1.6%

(Adds final weekend totals.)