Box Office Review: That's a Wrap!
As the only major studio film released on Friday, it's no wonder that the middling Resident Evil: Afterlife topped the box office this weekend. The tired zombie flick brought in $27.7M to easily smash the rest of the competition. The resilient Takers was a distant second, but is proving to be a solid hit for Screen Gems ($6.1M | $48.1M). Last week's champ, The American, slipped to third ($5.8M | $26.7M) but was still able to top Machete ($4.2M | $20.8M). The sad Going the Distance rounded out the top 5 ($3.8M | $14M).
Will Ferrell's The Other Guys continues to print money ($3.6M | $112.6M) and just managed to edge The Last Exorcism ($3.4M | $38.1M) and The Expendables ($3.2M | $98.4M). The super Inception ($3M | $282.4M) and the un-super Eat Pray Love ($2.9M | $74.6M) rounded out the top 10. In limited release, The Romantics had a great start ($22,000 per theater), as did Ahead of Time ($11,700). River Phoenix's suicidal I'm Still Here was okay ($5,500) while Bran Nue Dae went nowhere ($1,681).
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