- Resident Evil: Afterlife box office: Starring Milla Jovovich as the well-armed justice warrior Alice, writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson’s widely panned horror actioner easily topped the domestic chart.
Resident Evil: Afterlife: Milla Jovovich back atop the domestic box office chart with critically excoriated 3D horror/action sequel
Sept. 10–12 weekend box office: Directed and written by Paul W.S. Anderson; starring his wife, Milla Jovovich; and providing further evidence that North American (U.S. and Canada) moviegoers (and those elsewhere, for that matter; see further below) are hungry for original, quality fare, the Screen Gems release Resident Evil: Afterlife easily topped the domestic box office chart this past weekend.
Admittedly, as per boxofficemojo.com this critically lambasted fourth installment in the video-game-based horror/action Resident Evil franchise – and the first title in 3D – grossed a relatively tepid $26.7 million from 3,203 theaters ($8,320 average), including around 2,000 3D screens and 164 IMAX screens.
On a weak weekend, that was more than enough for Resident Evil: Afterlife to beat its nearest competitor, John Luessenhop’s crime thriller Takers, another Screen Gems release that earned $5.8 million on its third weekend out (cume: $47.7 million).
Afterlife vs. previous Resident Evil movies
Largely due to ticket-price increases and 3D/IMAX surcharges, Resident Evil: Afterlife – budget: $60 million (as always, not including marketing and distribution expenses) – had a stronger debut than its predecessors, all written by Anderson (who also directed the first installment) and starring Jovovich. Resident Evil brought in $17.7 million in 2002, Alexander Witt’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse $23 million in 2004, and Russell Mulcahy’s Resident Evil: Extinction $23.7 million in 2007.
As indicated by the figures above, the U.S. and Canada market remained flat for the last two titles: Apocalypse ended its run with $51.2 million; Extinction with $50.6 million. (The original took in $40.1 million.)
On the other hand, each subsequent Resident Evil movie generated increased revenues overseas: $62.9 million for the 2002 original, $78.1 million for Apocalypse, $97.1 million for Extinction.
So, if you’ve been wondering why Milla Jovovich’s anti-Umbrella Corporation fighter keeps coming back every few years, you got your answer: International moviegoers. Indeed, the universe has countless mysteries, but one thing is all but certain: A fifth Resident Evil entry, which will offer global audiences the intelligent and innovative moviemaking they crave.
Besides Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil: Afterlife also features Ali Larter, Sienna Guillory, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Wentworth Miller, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Spencer Locke, and Boris Kodjoe.
Two more franchise entries starring Milla Jovovich
Update: Resident Evil: Afterlife ultimately collected a so-so $60.1 million domestically and a whopping $240.1 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $300.2 million.
Its top international markets were: Japan ($55.1 million), China ($21.6 million), Russia/CIS ($19.7 million), Germany ($16.1 million; the franchise’s key production company, Constantin Film, is based in Munich), South Korea ($13 million), and Mexico ($11.1 million).
All but inevitably, Resident Evil: Afterlife has been followed by two other entries, both directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and featuring Milla Jovovich: Resident Evil: Retribution ($240.2 million worldwide in 2012) and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter ($312.2 million worldwide in 2016–17).
“Resident Evil: Afterlife: Milla Jovovich” endnotes
Unless otherwise noted, “Resident Evil: Afterlife: Milla Jovovich Back on Top” box office information via Box Office Mojo. Budget info – which should usually be taken with a grain of salt – via BOM and/or other sources.
Comments about Resident Evil: Afterlife and other titles being profitable or money-losers at the box office (see paragraph below) are based on the available data about their production budget, additional marketing and distribution expenses (as a general rule of thumb, around 50 percent of the production cost), and worldwide gross (as a general rule of thumb when it comes to the Hollywood studios, around 50–55 percent of the domestic gross and 40 percent of the international gross goes to the distributing/producing companies).
Bear in mind that data regarding rebates, international pre-sales, and other credits and/or contractual details that help to alleviate/split production costs and apportion revenues are oftentimes unavailable, and that reported international grosses can be incomplete (i.e., not every territory is accounted for). Also bear in mind that ancillary revenues (domestic/global television rights, home video sales, streaming, merchandising, etc.) can represent anywhere between 40–70 percent of a movie’s total take; however, these revenues and their apportionment are only infrequently made public.
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“Resident Evil: Afterlife: Milla Jovovich Back on Top” last updated in June 2022.