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Milla Jovovich RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION Box Office: Franchise's Worst Ever

Milla Jovovich Resident Evil: RetributionMilla Jovovich Resident Evil: Retribution, Pixar's Finding Nemo 3D underperform at the domestic box office

Starring Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil: Retribution topped the North American box office this weekend (Sept. 14-16), taking in $21.1 million (including $665,000 from Thursday midnight screenings) at 3,012 locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That's about $2 million less than early Friday estimates indicated, and $5-6 million less than box office pundits had been expecting. (Photo: Milla Jovovich Resident Evil: Retribution.)

Resident Evil: Retribution's domestic box office gross was also by far the weakest among all Resident Evil movies. Oh, but the original Resident Evil made only $17.7 million when it came out. Well, yes, but that was a decade ago. Adjusted for ticket-price increases, the first Resident Evil flick earned about $24.5 million in 2012 dollars. It's ludicrous to compare box office grosses of movies made years apart without taking inflation into consideration. And never mind the fact that unlike Resident Evil: Retribution, the original Resident Evil didn't have the benefit of 3D surcharges.

Besides gun-toting star Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil: Retribution also features Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Li Bingbing, Johann Urb, Shawn Roberts, Oded Fehr, Kevin Durand, Colin Salmon, Mika Nakashima, and Aryana Engineer. Paul W.S. Anderson directed. The production budget of the latest Resident Evil sequel has been pegged at $65m.

Finding Nemo 3D disappoints

Another 3D release that underperformed was Disney / Pixar's Finding Nemo 3D, which raked in an estimated $17.5 million at 2,904 venues. On Friday, it was expected that Finding Nemo could have reached as high as $25m+ while early predictions had the animated movie grossing well north of $20m.

To date, Finding Nemo has grossed $357.21 million at the domestic box office. Overseas, the 3D rerelease added $5 million — the studio's reported expense on the 3D conversion. That amount, of course, doesn't include marketing / distribution costs.

Directed by Andrew Stanton (now of John Carter infamy) and Toy Story 3's Lee Unkrich, Finding Nemo features the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Barry Humphries, Allison Janney, Eric Bana, Elizabeth Perkins, and Geoffrey Rush.

Domestic box office malaise continues

If studio estimates are accurate, they're great when compared to last weekend's dismal openings: Bradley Cooper / Zoe Saldana's The Words with $4.75 million and Henry Cavill / Bruce Willis' The Cool Light of Day with $1.83m. But they're highly disappointing when compared to Resident Evil: Afterlife, which debuted with $26.65 million in September 2010, or Beauty and the Beast 3D, which was had its 3D debut last January, collecting $17.75 million at 2,625 locations — or about 300 fewer sites than Finding Nemo 3D.

Beauty and the Beast 3D went on to gross a modest $47.61 million in North America and a highly disappointing $14.41 million overseas. Reportedly budgeted at $60m, Resident Evil: Afterlife brought in a weak $60.12 million domestically but a sensational $236.09 million overseas, where 3D action / disaster movies have been all the rage since James Cameron's Avatar. Resident Evil: Retribution was, in fact, made with international audiences in mind.

Much like their North American counterparts (five of the top ten movies on the 2012 domestic box office chart are movie sequels or reboots), international moviegoers crave high-quality, original entertainment. Such as Resident Evil: Retribution, which grossed a whopping $50m on its first weekend in 50 markets.

Milla Jovovich Resident Evil: Retribution photo: Rafy / Screen Gems / Sony Pictures.

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15 Comments to Milla Jovovich RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION Box Office: Franchise's Worst Ever

  1. MarkPickworth

    @Chase Star Wars was not made in the 60's.Lucas began writing it in 1973,and it was released in 1977.

  2. gary jefferies

    Milla has an honest approach to these action movies, just like some of her male counterparts, lots of action and not too much conversation [i.e. Stallone, Schwarzneger, Willis and so on]. She does, in my opinion, an outstanding job of fulfilling the role as an action femme fatale. Obviously she is muscular and up to the tasks they ask her to accomplish. I know of no other femme in the movie business who could do what she does. Great job! Please keep up the fine work Milla!

  3. Rb Redmond

    I don't care. I still like Milla. She kids butt, and then some!!!

  4. MITCH MOOR

    RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION IS THE BEST RESIDENT EVIL MOVIE UP TO DATE. I CANT WAIT FOR RESIDENT EVIL 6 STARRING HOT Milla Jovovich BACK AS ALICE A SIXTH AND A FINAL TIME.

  5. BewilderingBeing

    RE5 was not the worst of the series but I really think Paul Anderson has done a great dis-service to the franchise. Never has a Director dominated a series like Anderson has. It desperately needed fresh ideas and a new perspective but we were stuck with the same director a great majority of the time. RE Extinction was one of the only films not directed by Anderson and in my opinion was one of the best. It was gritty, dark and less bubble-gummy.

  6. Chase

    lol the funny thing is alot of people talk about hollywood being original or what not. The fact that Hollywood was original in the past actually slightly Coincidental. Since the Days of D.W. Griffith (Birth of a Nation), and from classic hollywood,, and through the Hollywood Renaissance, and up till now…The American Movie Industry has always been about making money, and money comes before everything in the movie business. Alot of International Film Industries are more about artistic film, and therefore have ultimately continue to produce more original films. The 70's was actually the most artistic period in the history of American Cinema, and one of the worst….cause the 70's brought you movies such as Easy Rider and Bonnie and Clyde (Which came out in the late 60's but, is important for understanding the 70's cause these films among other helped to kickstart the New Wave of American Cinama, Where we start to get things like The Godfather, and Apocalypse Now and so many other films, which also owe there influence to international film…and also Vietnam to an extent. But, don't get me wrong alot of International Movements throughout the world were heavily influenced By Classic Hollywood Films, and D.W. Griffith's Editing Techniques. But, Ultimately a movie named Star Wars was made in the sixties which slowly brought about the demise of the Hollywood Renaissance and the American New Wave, and with Lucas introducing the super blockbuster, merchandising become a much more prevalent, which cause corporations to realise there is money to be made in the film industry. and so a new era of greed in hollywood was born which leads us to the unoriginal movies of today which are remakes, rereleases, movies based off of comics, and games and anime and video games and so forth.

  7. Dean

    No one is sick of Nemo, Tia. It's one of Pixar's most popular films. That's why they're making a sequel.

  8. MITCH MOOR

    NOW THIS IS ONE OF MANY THINGS PEOPLE CAN AND PROBABLY WILL DISAGREE WITH ME ANOUT AND ARGUE BACK WITH ME ABOUT BUT AS FOR ME AT LEAST I THOUGHT THAT Resident Evil: Retribution WAS THE BEST RESIDENT EVIL MOVIE AS OF YET. RIGHT NOW I JUST HOPE THAT Milla Jovovich RETURNS AS ALICE A SIXTH AND A FINAL TIME IN A SEQUEL TO Resident Evil: Retribution. AND I JUST HOPE THAT Sienna Guillory RETURNS AS JILL VALENTINE A FOURTH AND A FINAL TIME IN A SEQUEL TO Resident Evil: Retribution.

  9. NatalieEGH

    As Stephen said, many like me do not like the 3D format. I even bought a 3D capable television and computer system before I discovered what the 3D was like. To me it feels like I am watching multiple shots (usually 3) layered over each other sort of like a children's pop up book. It does not look the same as a 3D object when I look at something in real life. Maybe it is my age but modern, and I assume the most technologically advanced, 3D movies (and I have about a dozen), just give me very bad headaches quickly.

    Every few years I might try another but until I can view the movies with getting a headache, I will continue to avoid that format except for brief tests.

  10. Steven

    Of course movie adaptions of video games are never going to be faithful … they aren't video games for a start. Christ, it is like moaning that strwaberry chocolate bars don't have the same feel as strawberry icecream, both of which also don't feel like actual strwaberries.

    As for trying to calculate revenue between movies made so far apart, I agree economy changes make it difficult. Add the fact that many (including myself) would rather not watch a movie if it is in 3D, but would opt for the non-3D. Now one could take into consideration the extra cost of viewing a 3D movie, but one must also then take into account the number of showings and how many people opt out of watching movies in 3D when there is no 2D showings.

    Again, box office takings are one dynamic of the success of a movie. Movies are typically watched and re-watched through hundreds of TV channels for decades after a cinema release and as a result can influence movie sequels, but that is a little more convoulted to digest and so doesn't get considered by the press, who use box office stats for their own purposes … which is not the same purpose as to why we choose to watch a movie ourselves, so go figure that opinions on the success of a movie differ.

    In my opnion, there are so many movies I haven't seen, that some of those must be great movies and I couldn't care less if box office stats resulted in a decline in good movies coming out … there is enough good stuff I have yet to see, that I will likely be dead before I even get to see all of those.

    So, if you are saddened by a movie not being like the video game … go play the video game. Otherwise, you are only letting yourselves down with unrealistic expectations. Expectations can be your own worst enemy, so don't let it make you feel that you have wasted your money. Instead, focus on the positive … merchandising of such movies makes more money than the box office takings, to often justify making more of these movies. Just please consider that there are people like myself that would be part of the box office stats, if they are available in 2D.

  11. Kevin W. Clark

    Resident evil franchise was never good. It was all crap and the fact that they gave Milla super powers just to rival one of the matrix movies that was out at the time shows how much devotion to the actual original game series they had in mind. But that is expected with Hollywood always jeopardizing integrity for cheap thrills and fast money. If they have had one person who had played the games on their crew they would have been saying WTF is this.

  12. Lewis

    Ofmcourse Resi didn't make too much! It hasn't been released worldwide yet! And you can't call a movie a flop after just one week of release either. Just wait till Resident Evil is released worldwide, then the Numbers will soar.

  13. Vishnu Roy

    pli….. deat for RESIDENT EVIL movie inox vaibhav jaipur in release date and con.

  14. Vishnu Roy

    Resident Evil movie is very very nise movie and Resident Evil movie all part is my best movie, I'am comic soon for movie.

  15. Tia

    Of course "Nemo" tanked. People were sick of that mess 6 years ago. It's not timeless in the way that the older Disney films are.
    Guess now Hollywood has to be original for a change!




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