Horror sequel Resident Evil: Retribution grabbed the top spot at the US and Canadian box office over the weekend with USD21.1 million, showed the studio estimates released on Sunday.
A 3D version of the Walt Disney cartoon Finding Nemo took the second spot with USD17.5 million, said Disney.
Demon flick The Possession slipped to third place after two weeks at the top, ringing up sales of USD5.8 million.
Resident Evil: Retribution is the fifth movie in a franchise that stars Milla Jovovich as the heroine, Alice, in a battle against the Umbrella Corporation and its army of zombies.
Sony president of distribution Rory Bruer credited Jovovich for the continuing success of the Resident Evil franchise.
The studio spent $65 million to produce the sequel. The four earlier films amassed global ticket sales of more than USD660 million since the first movie in 2002.
Asked whether audiences should anticipate another Resident Evil instalment, Bruer said: “I would count on it.”
Meanwhile, families headed to theaters to see Finding Nemo for the first time in the 3D format. The movie ranks as one of the most successful from Disney’s Pixar animation studio, generating global sales of USD868 million during its original run. It won the Academy Award for best animated feature as well.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2012.
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