Helmed by Russell Mulcahy, the third installment in the series based on the popular Capcom video game outperformed both opening weekend grosses of its predecessors. The first Resident Evil collected $17 million after opening in 2002, whereas Resident Evil: Apocalypse pulled $23 million in 2004.
New entry Good Luck Chuck ranked second this weekend, earning $14 million from ticket sales at 2,612 locations. Lionsgate's romantic comedy directed by Mark Helfrich, and starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba was slammed by critics, but delivered a strong performance despite its R-rating.
Last week's winner The Brave One slipped to No. 3, bringing home $7.4 million from 2,755 locations. The Neil Jordan-directed drama starring two-time Best Actress winner Jodie Foster (The Accused, The Silence of the Lambs) lifted its cumulative gross to $25.1 million after two weeks in release.
Down from No. 2 to No. 4, James Mangold's western 3:10 to Yuma pulled $6.4 million from 2,902 sites and reached a total haul of $37.9 million after a solid three-week run. The movie starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe follows a troubled rancher on his quest to put a ruthless criminal on a train heading to a high-security prison.
Meanwhile, David Cronenberg's dark thriller Eastern Promises jumped to No. 5, banking $5.7 million. The movie, which opened in selected cities past week, expanded to 1,404 markets this weekend, reaching a total of $6.5 million.
This upcoming weekend, three major releases will compete for the No. 1 spot at the box office.
In The Kingdom, the most anticipated movie to hit theaters on Friday, an elite FBI response team is sent to investigate the bombing of an American housing compound in Saudi Arabia. Directed by Peter Berg, The Kingdom stars Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, and Chris Cooper.
Walt Disney Pictures releases The Game Plan, a comedy directed by Andy Fickman and starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as a top NFL quarterback whose life takes a spin when he finds out that he has a 7-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Fickman's previous comedy, She's the Man, starring Amanda Bynes, grossed $33.6 million domestically in 2006.
Also set to open is Feast of Love, a dramatic exploration of love set among a community of friends in Oregon. Helmed by Academy Award-winner Robert Benton, director of Kramer vs. Kramer, Places in the Heart, and the more recent The Human Stain, Feast of Love stars Greg Kinnear, Selma Blair, Morgan Freeman, and Radha Mitchell.
The Brave One shot its way up to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$14 million.
Directed by Neil Jordan, the revenge drama starring Jodie Foster and Terence Howard opened at 2,755 sites Friday, luring audiences to theatres despite mixed reviews.
Last week's champion, 3:10 to Yuma, slipped to No. 2, earning $9.15 million from ticket sales at 2,667 locations. After two weeks in release, the James Mangold-directed Western starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe lifted its total gross to $28.5 million.
New entry Mr. Woodcock, a comedy directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Sean William Scott, and Susan Sarandon, failed to connect with audiences and only made it to No. 3, collecting $9.1 million.
Meanwhile, Dragon Wars, also a new entry, arrived at the No. 4 spot with a weekend gross of $5.4 million.
Last but not least, Superbad lost two spots and dropped to No. 5, bringing in $5.2 million. Directed by Greg Mottola, the teen comedy reached a cumulative gross to $111.3 million following an impressive five-week theatrical run.
This upcoming weekend, three wide releases will compete for the No. 1 spot at the box office.
In Sydney White, a modern retelling of Snow White, Amanda Bynes stars as a college freshman who plans to overthrow the school's most popular sorority. Directed by Joe Nussbaum, Sydney White is scheduled to open in approximately 2,000 theatres.
Also opening on Friday is Resident Evil: Extinction, the third installment in the series based on the popular video game of the same title. Starring Milla Jovovich, Extinction is set to open at 2,700 sites.
Finally, the third wide release next weekend is Mark Helfrich's Good Luck Chuck, a romantic comedy starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba.
Halloween topped the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$26.5 million.
Rob Zombie's updated version of John Carpenter's 1978 cult classic opened at 3,472 locations on Friday, and drew large crowds on what is usually the calm Labor Day weekend.
Last week's box office champion, Superbad, dropped to no. 2, earning $12.2 million from ticket sales at 3,002 locations. Directed by Greg Mottola, the popular teen comedy starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera lifted its cumulative gross to $89 million after three weeks in release.
New entry Balls of Fury ranked in third this weekend, collecting $11.6 million from 3,052 sites. The Ben Garant-directed sports comedy opened nationwide last Wednesday and reached a total gross of only $14.6 million.
Down two spots from no. 2 to no. 4, The Bourne Ultimatum delivered a strong performance with a weekend gross of $10.2 million. Directed by Paul Greengrass, the third installment in the series based on Robert Ludlum's novels reached a total haul of $199.6 million after five weeks in theaters.
This upcoming weekend, three wide releases will compete for the top spot at the North American box office.
In 3:10 to Yuma, a struggling rancher will assist the authorities in transporting a ruthless criminal to a prison in Yuma. Directed by James Mangold, the Western stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in roles originated by Van Heflin and Glenn Ford in Delmer Daves' 1957 classic.
The third movie to open nationwide on Friday is The Brothers Solomon, a comedy about two brothers who'll stop at nothing to provide their father with a grandson. Directed by Bob Odenkirk, the movie stars Will Forte and Will Arnett.