'Resident Evil: Afterlife': Milla Jovovich Thriller Offers Further Proof Audiences Eager for Original Fare

Resident Evil: Afterlife Wentworth Miller Shawn Roberts Kacey Barnfield
Wentworth Miller, Shawn Roberts, Kacey Barnfield in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife

Sept. 16, '10, update: Following a steep 20 percent drop on Wednesday, the North American box office was up slightly (+3.6 percent for the top ten films) on Thursday, Sept. 16, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

Every single movie among the top twelve was up compared to the previous day, though only one, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns, gained more than 10 percent.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich and Wentworth Miller, Resident Evil: Afterlife was the no. 1 movie for – in all likelihood – the last time, drawing $1.57 million on Thursday. Ben Affleck's The Town, the Emma Stone vehicle Easy A, and the M. Night Shyamalan presentation Devil all open today.

At no. 2 on Thursday, Anton Corbijn-George Clooney's thriller/drama The American collected $487,000.

Up one spot at no. 3, Takers brought in $402,000. The heist thriller features Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, and Matt Dillon.

Right behind Takers – and down one spot – Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez's Machete, featuring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Alba, grossed $401,000.

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's romantic comedy Going the Distance earned $360,000 at no. 5.

At no. 6, Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's Eat Pray Love drew $346,000.

Next in line were Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables with $306,000 at no. 7 and Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys with $260,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $252,000, Daniel Stamm's The Last Exorcism with $207,000, Jennifer Aniston-Jason Bateman's The Switch with $173,000, Nanny McPhee Returns with $94,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Resident Evil: Afterlife had the highest per-theater average, $490. Nanny McPhee Returns had the lowest, $40.

For the second day in a row, not one of the top twelve movies averaged more than $500 per theater; all but Resident Evil: Afterlife averaged less than $200.

Also among the top twelve, Nanny McPhee Returns posted the highest Wednesday-to-Thursday attendance increase, up 14.3 percent. Resident Evil: Afterlife posted the lowest, up 0.2 percent.

Photo: Resident Evil: Afterlife (RAFY / Constantin Film International GmbH & Davis Films/Impact Pictures Inc.).

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Ali Larter, Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil: Afterlife
Ali Larter, Milla Jovovich in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife

Up 16 percent on Tuesday, down 20 percent on Wednesday. That's the rollercoaster ride the top ten movies at the North American box office went through in the last couple of days, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

On Tuesday, every single movie among the top twelve was up compared to the previous day; on Wednesday, every single one was down.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich and Wentworth Miller, Resident Evil: Afterlife was once again the no. 1 movie, pulling in $1.56 million (down 24.2 percent).

Anton Corbijn-George Clooney's thriller/drama The American brought in $465,000 at no. 2.

At no. 3, Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez's Machete, featuring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Alba, scored $400,000.

At no. 4, Takers collected $390k. The heist thriller features Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, and Matt Dillon.

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's romantic comedy Going the Distance grossed $344,000 at no. 5.

At no. 6, Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's Eat Pray Love drew $321,000.

Next in line were Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables with $281,000 at no. 7 and Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys with $238,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $229,000, Daniel Stamm's The Last Exorcism with $198,000, Jennifer Aniston-Jason Bateman's The Switch with $162,000, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns with $82,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Resident Evil: Afterlife had the highest per-theater average, $488. Nanny McPhee Returns had the lowest, a just-about-gone $35.

With only, respectively, $73 and $92 per site, The Last Exorcism and The Expendables, didn't fare much better.

In fact, not one of the top twelve movies averaged more than $500 per theater; all but Resident Evil: Afterlife averaged less than $200.

Also among the top twelve, Inception posted the lowest Tuesday-to-Wednesday drop-off rate, down 11.1 percent. Resident Evil: Afterlife posted the highest, down 24.2 percent.

Photo: Resident Evil: Afterlife (RAFY / Constantin Film International GmbH & Davis Films/Impact Pictures Inc.).

Sept. 15 afternoon

Wentworth Miller in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife
Wentworth Miller in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife

The North American box office had a minor surge (16 percent among the top ten) on Tuesday, Sept. 14, in relation to Monday. As a result, every single movie on the top-twelve chart posted gains when compared to the day before.

Even so, earnings for the top ten movies were still down 4.8 percent compared to a week ago and 36 percent compared to three weeks ago according to numbers found at Box Office Mojo.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich and Wentworth Miller, Resident Evil: Afterlife was once again easily the no. 1 movie, grossing $2.06 million.

Anton Corbijn-George Clooney's thriller/drama The American pulled in $599,000 at no. 2.

At no. 3, Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez's Machete, featuring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Alba, drew $497,000.

At no. 4, Takers brought in $474,000. The heist thriller features Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, and Matt Dillon.

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's romantic comedy Going the Distance collected $451,000 at no. 5.

At no. 6, Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's Eat Pray Love scored $376,000.

Next in line were Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables with $325,000 at no. 7 and Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys with $274,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $258,000, Daniel Stamm's The Last Exorcism with $229,000, Jason Bateman-Jennifer Aniston's The Switch with $192,000, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns with $107,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Resident Evil: Afterlife had the highest per-theater average, $644. Nanny McPhee Returns had the lowest, $45.

Also among the top twelve, Going the Distance posted the highest Monday-to-Tuesday gains, up 46.5 percent. Resident Evil: Afterlife posted the smallest, up 0.8 percent.

Photo: Resident Evil: Afterlife (RAFY / Constantin Film International GmbH & Davis Films/Impact Pictures Inc.).

Sept. 15 early morning

Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Milla Jovovich in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife
Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Milla Jovovich in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich, the actioner Resident Evil: Afterlife was the top movie at the U.S. and Canada box office on Monday, Sept. 13, collecting $2.04 million according to Box Office Mojo.

The Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Taylor Lautner romantic fantasy The Twilight Saga: Eclipse scored $63,000. In other words, unless a miracle happens there's no chance Eclipse will reach the $300 million milestone before the weekend.

Back to the top twelve: Anton Corbijn-George Clooney's thriller/drama The American jumped two spots, taking in $436,000 at no. 2.

Up one spot at no. 3, Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez's Machete, featuring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Alba, pulled in $419,000.

Down two spots at no. 4, Takers drew $397,000. The heist thriller features Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, and Matt Dillon.

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's romantic comedy Going the Distance, brought in $308,000 at no. 5.

Up three spots at no. 6, Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's Eat Pray Love, which tends to perform – relatively speaking – better on weekdays than on weekends, grossed $279,000.

Next in line were Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables with $267,000 at no. 7 and Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys with $215,000, down two spots at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $211,000, Daniel Stamm's The Last Exorcism with $203,000, Jason Bateman-Jennifer Aniston's The Switch with $135,000, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns with $82,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Resident Evil: Afterlife had by far the highest per-theater average, $639, below the daily $1,000-per-theater on Day 4. Nanny McPhee Returns had the lowest, a paltry $35.

Also among the top twelve, Going the Distance posted the lowest Sunday-to-Monday drop-off rate, down 65 percent. Nanny McPhee Returns had the worst, a murderous down 87.3 percent.

Photo: Resident Evil: Afterlife (RAFY / Constantin Film International GmbH & Davis Films/Impact Pictures Inc.).

Sept. 13

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil: Afterlife was by far the top movie at the North American box office over the Sept. 10-12 weekend, even though it took in about $1 million less than estimated.

Resident Evil: Afterlife collected $26.65 million (not $27.7 million), averaging $8,320 at 3,203 locations, according to weekend actuals found at Box Office Mojo.

Takers scored $5.675 million (down 47.8 percent) at no. 2, about $400,000 less than estimated. The heist thriller featuring Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, and Matt Dillon was only a notch ahead of Anton Corbijn-George Clooney's thriller/drama The American, which pulled in $5.674 million (down 56.9 percent).

At no. 4, Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez's Machete brought in $4.29 million. The exploitation flick features Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Alba.

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's Going the Distance, grossed $3.78 million at no. 5.

Next in line were Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys with $3.34 million at no. 6 and Daniel Stamm's mockumentary The Last Exorcism with $3.32 million at no. 7.

At no. 8, Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables earned $3.22 million, down 51.3 percent. The Expendables should cross the $100 million mark some time next weekend. Total to date: $98.46 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were:

  • Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's Eat Pray Love with $2.92m,
  • Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $2.8 million, down 38.7 percent, its second-highest weekend drop-off rate,
  • Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns with $2.08m,
  • Jason Bateman-Jennifer Aniston's The Switch with $2.0 million.

Among the top twelve movies, Resident Evil: Afterlife had by far the highest per-theater average, 8,320. Nanny McPhee Returns had the lowest, $880.

Also among the top twelve (barring new entry Resident Evil: Afterlife), The Switch posted the lowest drop-off rate compared to the previous weekend, down 35.9 percent. Machete had the worst, down 62.4 percent.

Photo: Resident Evil: Afterlife (RAFY / Constantin Film International GmbH & Davis Films/Impact Pictures Inc.).

Sept. 12

Milla Jovovich as Alice in Resident Evil: Afterlife
Milla Jovovich as zombie fighter Alice in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich, the $60 million actioner Resident Evil: Afterlife was the top movie at the North American box office this weekend (Sept. 10-12) – the year's weakest weekend to date with an estimated $82 million in revenues.

According to figures found at Box Office Mojo, the top ten movies grossed 35.4 percent less than a week ago. Earnings were down 52 percent compared to three weeks ago.

Resident Evil: Afterlife, which has 20 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' “top critics,” collected an estimated $27.7 million, averaging $8,648 at 3,203 locations, about 2,000 of which are 3D screens and 164 are IMAX screens.

Largely due to inflation and 3D/IMAX surcharges, this fourth installment in the Resident Evil franchise had a stronger debut than its predecessors, all written by Anderson (who also directed the first installment) and starring Jovovich: Resident Evil: Extinction drew $23.67 million at 2,828 theaters in 2007; Resident Evil: Apocalypse $23 million at 3,284 sites in 2004; and Resident Evil $17.7 million at 2,528 theaters in 2002.

The three previous Resident Evil flicks made considerably more cash overseas, where earnings ranged between 60%-65 percent of their worldwide take.

Additionally, each installment made more money abroad than its predecessor: $62 million for Resident Evil, $78 million for Apocalypse, $97 million for Extinction. In North America, figures for the last two remained flat at about $50 million.

A fifth Resident Evil, which will offer hungry audiences more new, original, innovative filmmaking, is all but inevitable.

Photo: Resident Evil: Afterlife (RAFY / Constantin Film International GmbH & Davis Films/Impact Pictures Inc.)

George Clooney, The American
George Clooney, The American

Up one spot, Takers brought in $6.1 million (down 43.9 percent) at no. 2 according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The heist thriller features Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Chris Brown, and Idris Elba. Takers' total to date: $48.1 million. Cost: $32 million.

Down one spot at no. 3, Anton Corbijn-George Clooney's thriller/drama The American scored $5.89 million (down 55.3 percent). Total: $26.73 million. Cost: $20 million.

At no. 4, Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez's Machete collected $4.2 million, down a whopping 63.2 percent. The exploitation flick features Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Alba. Total: $20.82 million. Cost: $20 million.

Going the Distance, starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, brought in $3.83 million (down 44.3 percent) at no. 5. Total: $14 million. Cost: $32 million.

Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys pulled in $3.6 million (down 31.9 percent; total: $112.69m; cost: $100m) at no. 6, followed by Daniel Stamm's mockumentary The Last Exorcism with $3.45 million (down 53 percent) at no. 7. Total: $38.19 million. Cost: $1.8 million.

At no. 8, Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables earned $3.25 million, down 50.9 percent and averaging $1,063 per theater. Total after 31 days: $98.49 million. Cost: $80 million.

The Expendables should cross the $100 million mark some time next weekend. Chances are, however, it won't go much further than that. Stallone's violent actioner is showing clear signs of weekend fatigue, while on weekdays it has been underperforming since shortly after its opening week.

Rounding out the top twelve were:

  • Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $3.01 million (down 34.1 percent; total: $282.42m; cost: $160m),
  • Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's Eat Pray Love with $2.9 million (down 39.6 percent; total: $74.63m; cost: $60m),
  • Jason Bateman-Jennifer Aniston's The Switch with $2.028 million (down 35 percent; total: $25.03m; cost: $19m),
  • Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns with $2.021 million (down 42.8 percent; total: $26.22m; cost: $35m).

Chances are there'll be some switching around when final figures are released on Monday.

Among the top twelve movies, Resident Evil: Afterlife had by far the highest per-theater average, 8,648. Nanny McPhee Returns had the lowest, $855.

Also among the top twelve (barring new entry Resident Evil: Afterlife), The Other Guys posted the lowest drop-off rate compared to the previous weekend, down 31.9 percent. Machete had the worst, down 63.2 percent.

Photo: The American (Giles Keyte / Alliance Atlantis).

Sam Worthington, Avatar
Sam Worthington, Avatar

After three weekends out, James Cameron's Avatar: Special Edition has yet to reach the $10 million mark at the domestic box office. Despite higher 3D/IMAX ticket prices, Avatar has taken in only $9.78 million following estimated grosses of $715k this weekend, as per Box Office Mojo.

Initially showing at 811 theaters, Avatar is currently playing at only 436 venues. Even so, its per-theater average this weekend was a modest $1,640.

Irony or ironies: Avatar, a late 2009 release, is the year's biggest box office hit – to date, Avatar has grossed $759.54 million domestically. Yet, considering the buzz surrounding Cameron's sci-fier a mere six months ago, when 20th Century Fox executives were complaining there weren't enough 3D screens to accommodate every Pandora fan, this Avatar rerelease has turned out to be one of the year's biggest disappointments.

Photo: Avatar (Mark Fellman / 20th Century Fox).

Sept. 11

Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil: Afterlife
Is that Angelina Jolie in Salt? Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables? George Clooney in The American? Hayden Christensen in Takers? Robert De Niro in Machete? No! It's Milla Jovovich in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife

The North American box office failed to emerge from its torpor on Friday, Sept. 10, despite an estimated $10.9 million earned by Resident Evil: Afterlife, the weekend's only new wide release.

According to figures found at Box Office Mojo, the top ten movies on Friday grossed only 0.6 percent more than a week ago. Revenues were 10 percent lower than three weeks ago.

Once again proving that North American audiences want something new, original, innovative, and high quality at the multiplex, Resident Evil: Afterlife averaged $3,403 at 3,203 locations, about 2,000 of which are 3D screens and 164 are IMAX screens.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, and starring Milla Jovovich as a zombie-fighting warrior, Resident Evil: Afterlife has a mere 20 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' “top critics.”

Chiefly thanks to inflation and 3D/IMAX surcharges, this fourth installment in the Resident Evil franchise had a stronger debut than its predecessors, all written by Anderson (who also directed the first installment) and starring Jovovich: Resident Evil: Extinction took in $9.61 million at 2,828 theaters on its first day out in 2007; Resident Evil: Apocalypse collected $9.23 million at 3,284 sites on Day 1 in 2004; and Resident Evil earned $6.76 million at 2,528 theaters on Day 1 in 2002.

Considering the ongoing morass at the domestic box office, it's hard to understand why one of the major studios didn't choose to open one of their major fall entries a little earlier in the game. They'd have had the whole field for themselves.

And rest assured, there'll likely be a Resident Evil: Resurrection or some such within the next couple of years or so, once again offering audiences new, original, innovative filmmaking. And they'll lap it up.

Photo: Resident Evil: Afterlife (RAFY / Constantin Film International GmbH & Davis Films/Impact Pictures Inc.)

George Clooney, The American
George Clooney, The American

Down one spot at no. 2, Anton Corbijn-George Clooney's thriller/drama The American collected $1.79 million on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That represents a 53.5 percent drop from a week ago and less than one-sixth of the gross of the day's top movie, Resident Evil: Afterlife.

At no. 3, Takers brought in $1.77 million. The heist thriller features Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Chris Brown, and Idris Elba.

By the time the weekend is over, The American and Takers may end up switching places. Friday estimates, in truth, were too close to call.

The same can be said about Machete and Going the Distance, and about the quintet The Other Guys, The Last Exorcism, The Expendables, Eat Pray Love, and Inception, which are all less than $200,000 apart.

Down two spots at no. 4, Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez's Machete drew $1.32 million on Friday, down nearly 66 percent from its opening day a week ago. The exploitation flick features Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, and Don Johnson.

Going the Distance, starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, collected $1.3 million at no. 5, down one spot. The romantic comedy was down a perfectly acceptable 41.7 percent from a week ago.

The no. 6 spot was a tie: Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys and Daniel Stamm's mockumentary The Last Exorcism with $1 million each.

At no. 8 and showing signs of weekend fatigue, Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables earned $950,000, down 42.5 percent from last Friday and averaging $311 per theater. It looks highly unlikely that the violent actioner will pass the $100 million milestone this weekend. Total after 29 days: $96.19 million.

The Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco romantic drama Eat Pray Love drew $900,000 at no. 9.

Next in line was Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's thriller/sci-fier Inception with $835,000 at no. 10.

Figures were unavailable for Jason Bateman-Jennifer Aniston's The Switch and Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns.

After fighting it out with Piranha 3D throughout the week, James Cameron-Sam Worthington's Avatar: Special Edition lost the battle against Vampires Suck on Friday: $415k vs. $200,000.

On its third weekend out, the rereleased Avatar will have trouble reaching $10 million at the North American box office. After 15 days, its total stands at a mere $9.26 million.

Among the top ten movies, Resident Evil: Afterlife had by far the highest per-theater average, 3,403. The Expendables had the lowest, $311.

Also among the top ten (barring new entry Resident Evil: Afterlife), The Other Guys posted the highest Thursday-to-Friday surge, up 223.1 percent. Eat Pray Love had the lowest, up 83.3 percent.

Photo: The American (Giles Keyte / Alliance Atlantis).

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9 Comments to 'Resident Evil: Afterlife': Milla Jovovich Thriller Offers Further Proof Audiences Eager for Original Fare

  1. Alt Film Guide

    Thanks.
    The info has been corrected. Ali Larter's name has been added to the caption.

  2. JJ

    and sorry Heba but I don't think..people watch Resident evil because he's in it ..at all!
    he wasen't in the first 3 , people watch resident evil cause it is an awesome movie. and the whole idea is brilliant

  3. JJ

    uhm…excuse me but…you have written, Milla jovovich is in the movie and yeah she should be there but …wentworth miller???? if you write his name then you must write Ali Larter too I mean she is more main character than him …MUCH MORE , and you have a picture of her and then you don't tell her name??

  4. Heba

    I'll watch RE just because of Wentworth Miller..he's the only reason for millions of fans to watch this movie..I'm glad that it tops the Box Office …congratulation our eye candy :) :) :.
    I think if I were Paul W. S. Anderson I'll arrange immedietly to have Went again on RE5.
    Best of luck Wenty in this movie & all ur projects

  5. Diamond

    Rotten tomatoes and all those movie critics are full of sh**. They say it was dull and weak. OH PLZ. It had all the right scares and the right action in it. I loved this movie. Wouldn't mind seeing it again as far as I'm concerned. Milla Jojovich was beautiful and great as ever. Its called AFTERLIFE so if they saying it lacked emotion I think its supposed to be that way! I think after lots of people are extinct from the earth and its the AFTERlife and there are only a few survivors left it would make sense for it to be less emotion. Stupid people. I was pissed off by the reviews.

  6. zac

    Ouch!

    Thank you for *another* correction.

    Paul W. S. Anderson *wrote* all four films. I looked at the wrong line on the IMDb.

  7. Reckall

    Er… Paul W.S. Anderson directed only the first movie in the franchise. RE II was directed by Alexander Witt, while RE III was directed by Russel Mulchany.

  8. zac

    @Marya

    Thank you for the correction. I'd missed the first one while looking for the box-office take of the previous “Resident Evil” movies.

    I've corrected the text.

    Also, “The American” is included in that photo caption because of the image itself, not the content of the film. Just take a look at my follow-up box-office article.

    http://www.altfg.com/film/resident-evil-afterlife/

  9. Marya

    definitely like the point of this article, although I would say The American was something new and original and wouldn't really lump it in with those other action pictures you listed.

    I'm glad we're starting to get into awards quality film season, we really need.

    also, I hate to quibble, but this new RE movie is the 4th in the series, not the third.