Sony's Resident Evil: Afterlife rounded out its first week in theatres with a seventh straight first place finish on Thursday. The 3D sequel from Screen Gems grossed $1.57 million, which was unchanged from Wednesday. After opening a bit stronger over the weekend than both 2004's Resident Evil: Apocalypse and 2007's Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife also displayed stronger midweek holding power than either Apocalypse or Extinction displayed in their respective first weeks of release.
Resident Evil: Afterlife was easily the week's top film with $33.89 million. That places the film 19 percent ahead of the pace of Apocalypse and 18 percent ahead of Extinction (without taking into account ticket price inflation). While Resident Evil: Afterlife should be quite front-loaded going forward, with the aid of higher priced 3D admissions, the film could continue to display slightly stronger holding power than each of its last two predecessors did.
The American remained in second place with $0.488 million. The Focus release starring George Clooney was up 5 percent from Wednesday and down 33 percent from last Thursday. With no Thursday night NFL game to deal with this week, declines from last Thursday were softened yesterday for most films. The American finished in second place for the week with $7.66 million, but was down a sharp 60 percent from the previous week. The film crossed the $30 million mark yesterday and currently boasts a 16-day total of $30.10 million.
Takers was up 3 percent and one spot from Wednesday to claim third place on Thursday with $0.403 million. Like The American, Sony's break-out crime film was also down 33 percent from last Thursday. Takers finished in third for the week with $7.34 million. That was down 53 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to $49.35 million. Takers is in position to cross the $50 million mark today.
Machete slid one spot to finish in fourth with $0.401 million. The R-rated action film from Fox was unchanged from Wednesday and down 42 percent from last Thursday. Machete finished in fourth for the week with $6.01 million. That was down a sharp, but hardly surprising, 64 percent from the film's opening week performance. The 14-day gross for Machete stands at $22.64 million.
Lionsgate's The Expendables remained in seventh place for the day with $0.31 million. The Sylvester Stallone directed action film has grossed $99.65 million through five weeks of release and is set to reach the $100 million milestone today. After a stronger than expected start back in August, The Expendables has held up well for its genre over the past few weeks.
In its second day of platform release, Fox Searchlight's Never Let Me Go was down 19 percent. The Mark Romanek directed film starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley grossed $19,879 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. That brings the two-day start for the film to $44,501.