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Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil: Extinction

Women rule the world: Box office

Sept. 23 update: Women rule the world – or at least the domestic box office – as Resident Evil: Extinction soared to the top of the U.S. and Canada box office this weekend with an estimated US$24 million.

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.

Sept. 17

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.

Sept. 3: 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.

Meanwhile, Brett Ratner’s action comedy Rush Hour 3 lost two spots and slipped to no. 5, pulling $8.6 million and lifting its total earnings to $120.4 million.

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.

Also opening wide is Michael Davis’ action flick Shoot ‘Em Up, in which Clive Owen goes ballistic while trying to protect a woman and her child from a cold-blooded maniac played by Paul Giamatti.

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.

Superbad Jonah Hill Michael Cera
Superbad with Jonah Hill and Michael Cera.

‘Superbad’ performs well + classic sci-fi/horror remake bombs

Aug. 26 update: Superbad gloriously defended its No. 1 spot at the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$18 million.

The teen comedy directed by Greg Mottola, and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera defeated all new major releases, keeping the crown at the top of the chart and lifting its cumulative gross to $68.6 million after two weeks.

Moving up one spot from No. 3 to No. 2, The Bourne Ultimatum, earned $12.4 million from 3,679 locations. Directed by Paul Greengrass, the third installment in the series based on Robert Ludlum’s novels reached a total of $185.1 million after four weeks in theaters.

Down from No. 2 to No. 3, Brett Ratner’s action comedy Rush Hour 3 collected $12.3 million in ticket sales, crossing the $100 million mark after three weeks. The sequel has Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker reprising their roles as detectives Lee and Carter.

New entry Mr. Bean’s Holiday ranked in 4th place this weekend, pulling $10.1 million from only 1,714 markets. Directed by Steve Bendelack, the sequel to the 1997 hit Mr. Bean follows Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) on a bumpy ride to the south of France, where he involuntarily ends up walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. However, Mr. Bean’s Holiday failed to surpass the $12 opening weekend take of its predecessor.

Meanwhile, new entry War landed at the No. 5 slot, taking home $10 million from 2,277 theatres. The action spectacle directed by Philip G. Atwell centers on Jason Statham’s attempts to avenge himself against ruthless assassin Jet Li.

Aug. 20

Superbad soared to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$31.2 million.

The teen comedy produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Greg Mottola opened at 2,948 sites on Friday, beating the $30 million opening weekend of Apatow’s comedy Knocked Up, which was released on June 1.

Last week’s winner Rush Hour 3 dropped to the No. 2 spot, earning $21.8 million from ticket sales at 3,778 locations. Directed by Brett Ratner, the third installment in the popular series starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan lifted its cumulative gross to $88.2 million after only two weeks.

Meanwhile, Paul Greengrass’ action-thriller The Bourne Ultimatum slipped from No. 2 to No. 3, scoring $19 million and reaching a total haul of $163.8 million. The third installment in the series based on Robert Ludlum’s novels is barely $13 million away from surpassing its predecessor, The Bourne Supremacy.

Down to the No. 4 spot, The Simpsons Movie performed strong at the box office this weekend with $6.7 million. The David Silverman-directed movie is still playing in 3,162 theaters and lifted its cumulative to $165.1 million after four weeks in release.

New entry The Invasion (above) opened at No. 5, taking home $6.0 million from 2,776 locations. The science-fiction thriller credited to director Oliver Hirschbiegel – of the controversial Downfall – received mixed reviews, but still managed to jump into the top five, unlike this week’s third major opening, The Last Legion, which ranked in twelfth with $2.5 million.

This upcoming weekend, four major releases will compete for the top spot at the box office.

In Robert Pulcini’s The Nanny Diaries, Scarlett Johansson stars as a college student who becomes a nanny to a chaotic family that will test her limits and teach her a valuable lesson. The romantic comedy will open at 1,800 locations this Friday.

Rowan Atkinson returns as Mr. Bean in Mr. Bean’s Holiday, sequel to the 1997 hit Mr. Bean. This time, Mr. Bean attracts trouble on his way to Cannes, where he involuntarily ends up on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival. Bean debuts in 1,580 theaters.

Also opening is Resurrecting the Champ, a drama focusing on a sports reporter who meets a forgotten boxing legend. Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett star.

If you had a good time watching Jason Statham chasing Jet Li in the 2001 action hit The One, look out for War, an adrenaline-fueled action spectacle about an FBI agent (Statham) who seeks revenge against a ruthless assassin (Li). War is scheduled to hit 2,200 theaters.

Opening in limited release are Franc. Reyes’ gangster-drama Illegal Tender, Christopher Cain’s September Dawn, Justin Theroux’s experimental comedy Dedication, and the Ethan Hawke-directed romance The Hottest State, which is based on his own novel.

Aug. 13

Rush Hour 3 raced to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$50.2 million.

Despite launching at 3,778 sites on Friday, the sequel directed by Brett Ratner and starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan failed to surpass the $67.5 million opening of its predecessor, Rush Hour 2.

Last week’s winner, The Bourne Ultimatum, dropped to the No. 2 spot, scoring $33.7 million and lifting its total haul to $132.3 million after two weeks in release. Helmed by Paul Greengrass, the third installment of the series based on Robert Ludlum’s novels outdid the first film’s take at the box office and is barely $44 million away from beating The Bourne Supremacy.

Meanwhile, The Simpsons Movie continued to pull audiences, earning $11.1 million from ticket sales and reaching a cumulative gross of $152.2 million after three weeks in theaters.

New entry Stardust landed on No. 4, taking home $9 million. The science-fiction epic directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, and Michelle Pfeiffer opened at 2,540 locations, but failed to connect with moviegoers.

Down from No. 3 to No. 5, Walt Disney Pictures’ Underdog collected $6.5 million this weekend, lifting its total gross to $24.7 million.

This upcoming weekend, three wide releases will compete for the top spot at the North American box office.

Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig team up in The Invasion, a science-fiction thriller – another remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers – directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, the man behind the acclaimed Downfall. In the role of a psychiatrist, Kidman will uncover the shocking truth behind a terrifying extraterrestrial invasion that could devastate the entire planet.

Also opening is Superbad, a new comedy produced by Judd Apatow, the director of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. The story follows two friends as they try to hook up with girls before graduating from high school. Superbad opens at 2,800 locations.

In The Last Legion, director Doug Lefler takes us back to the Roman Empire, when Romulus Augustus embarks on a perilous journey in search of the only legion remaining loyal to Rome. Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley star.

Aug. 5

The Bourne Ultimatum raced to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$70.2 million.

Directed by Paul Greengrass, whose United 93 received numerous critical accolades last year, the third film installment of Robert Ludlum’s Bourne novels was launched at 3,660 sites on Friday, replacing The Simpsons Movie at the No. 1 spot. The Bourne Ultimatum also topped the $52.5 million opening weekend gross of its predecessor, The Bourne Supremacy.

Last week’s big winner The Simpsons Movie fell to the No. 2 spot, earning $25.6 million in ticket sales from 3,926 screens. Directed by David Silverman, Homer and his family lifted their cumulative gross to an impressive $128.6 million after only two weeks in theaters.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney Pictures’ family adventure Underdog debuted at No. 3, taking home $12 million from 3,013 sites. Directed by Frederik Du Chau, the movie focuses on a young hound named Shoeshine, who sets out to save the world after a failed experiment gives him superpowers.

Down from No. 2 to No. 4, Dennis Dugan’s marital comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry scored $10.5 million this weekend, reaching a total haul of $91.7 million after three weeks in release.

Last but not necessarily least, Adam Shankman’s critically acclaimed musical Hairspray dropped from the fourth to the fifth slot, with a weekend gross of $9.3 million and a cumulative take of $78.9 million.

This upcoming week is a busy one, with three major releases vying for the top spot on the box office charts.

On Wednesday, buckle up for Daddy Day Camp, the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 2003 hit Daddy Day Care. With Murphy out, Cuba Gooding, Jr., will take over as a father who’s in charge of a chaotic summer camp.

Opening on Friday is Rush Hour 3, Brett Ratner’s latest action-comedy starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. This time around, the Carter and Lee dou travel to Paris, where they assist the French in battling the Chinese mafia.

In Stardust, a science-fiction spectacle directed by Matthew Vaughn, a young man tries to win the heart of a star (played by Claire Danes) in order to protect it from an evil witch. Stardust will open in 2,300 theatres.

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry poster

July 30: The Simpsons Movie topped the North American box office this weekend with an estimated $71.9 million.

David Silverman’s big-screen adaptation of the famed TV series proved that after 18 years and more than 397 episodes, the Simpsons are as popular as ever. Opening at 3,922 sites on Friday, The Simpsons Movie scored an impressive one-day gross of $29.1 million.

Last week’s winner I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry dropped to the No. 2 spot, earning $19.1 million from ticket sales at 3,501 theaters, and reaching a cumulative gross of $71.6 million. The marital comedy directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Kevin James and Adam Sandler is lagging behind Sandler’s previous comedy Click, which went on to gross $87 million after two weeks in release.

Meanwhile, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix slipped from No. 2 to No. 3, pulling $17.1 million from 4,005 locations. After three weeks in theatres, the fifth installment in the ultra-popular series based on J.K. Rowling’s novels lifted its total haul to $241.8, and is $8 million away from beating the third Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

July 22: I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry topped the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$34.8 million.

The (sort of) marital comedy directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Kevin James and Adam Sandler opened at 3,495 locations on Friday, and managed to outperform Dugan’s previous film The Benchwarmers, which opened with $19.7 million.

Last week’s winner Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix slipped to the No. 2 spot, earning $32.2 million in ticket sales and reaching a total haul of $207.5 million after only two weeks in release. Directed by David Yates, the fifth installment of the popular series based on J.K. Rowling’s novels is $80 million away from outgrossing its predecessor, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Meanwhile, new entry Hairspray opened at No. 3, taking home $27.8 million from 3,121 sites. The adaptation of the Broadway musical and the John Waters 1980s cult classic was directed by Adam Shankman, and – unlike I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry – received substantial critical praise throughout the nation.

Down from No. 2 to No. 3, Michael Bay’s science-fiction spectacle Transformers scored $20.5 million this weekend, lifting its cumulative gross to $263 million after three weeks in theaters.

July 16

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix snatched the trophy at the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$77.4 million.

Directed by David Yates, the fifth installment in the popular series based on J.K. Rowling’s novels opened at 4,285 locations past Wednesday and cast a spell over its competitors at the box office, raising its cumulative gross to a magical $140 million.

Last week’s winner Transformers dropped to the No. 2 spot, earning $36 million in ticket sales and lifting its total haul to $223 million after 2 weeks in theatres. The action spectacle directed by Michael Bay largely outgrossed his previous film The Island, which earned a total of $36 million in 2005.

Down from No. 2 to No. 3, the latest Disney/Pixar adventure Ratatouille took home $18 million this weekend, reaching a cumulative of $143 million after three weeks in release.

Meanwhile, Len Wiseman’s action hit Live Free or Die Hard slipped to No. 4 with a weekend gross of $10.9 million and a total of $102.9 million. The fourth installment in the famed action series starring Bruce Willis surpassed the total (unadjusted for inflation) grosses of Die Hard and Die Hard With a Vengeance, and is a mere $13 million away from beating Die Hard 2.

License to Wed, a marital comedy starring Robin Williams replaced Evan Almighty at the No. 5 spot, earning $7.4 million from 2,715 locations and reaching a cumulative gross of $30.5 million after two weeks in theatres.

This upcoming weekend, two high-profile releases will battle for the No. 1 spot at the North American box office.

One of them is Hairspray, a remake of John Waters’ 1988 movie of the same title that also became a Broadway musical. Directed by Adam Shankman, Hairspray stars John Travolta (in the old Divine role), Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Nikki Blonsky in the role of Tracy Turnblad.

Also opening is I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, a comedy about two single friends who pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits. Directed by Dennis Dugan, the film stars Kevin James and Adam Sandler.

July 9

Transformers rose to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$67.6 million.

The extravagant summer blockbuster directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Tyrese Gibson opened at 4,011 sites on July 3, and managed to lift its total haul to an impressive $152.5 million over the weekend.

June 18

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer stormed to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$57.4 million.

The sequel to the successful Fantastic Four opened at 3,959 sites last Friday, and managed to top the $56 million opening weekend set by its predecessor in 2005.

Last week’s winner, Ocean’s Thirteen, dropped to the No. 2 spot this weekend, snatching $19.1 million and reaching a cumulative gross of $69.8 million after only two weeks.

Meanwhile, Judd Apatow’s latest comedy Knocked Up maintained its No. 3 spot, earning $14.5 million in ticket sales. After three weeks in theatres, its total haul rose to $90.5 million.

Source: Box Office Mojo (www.boxofficemojo.com)

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