Resident Evil: Afterlife continued to lead the daily box office with ease on Wednesday. The 3D sequel from Sony grossed $1.56 million. On the down side, Resident Evil: Afterlife lost quite a bit of momentum from Tuesday by falling 24 percent on Wednesday. In comparison, 2007's Resident Evil: Extinction fell 16 percent on its first Wednesday, while 2004's Resident Evil: Apocalypse fell just 7 percent on its first Wednesday. However, the larger decline for Afterlife was quite understandable after it posted stronger first Monday and Tuesday holds than its last two predecessors. With a six-day gross of $32.32 million, Resident Evil: Afterlife is still running a comfortable 19 percent ahead of the pace of Apocalypse and 17 percent ahead of Extinction.
After experiencing a very nice daily hold on Tuesday, The American fell off sharply on Wednesday. With a daily take of $0.465 million, the George Clooney vehicle from Focus was able to remain in second, but experienced a 22 percent decline in the process. The American was down 44 percent from last Wednesday and has now grossed $29.61 million through 15 days of release. The film is set to clear the $30 million mark either today or Friday.
Fox's Machete held steady in third place with $0.401 million. The Robert Rodriguez directed action film was down 19 percent from Tuesday and down 51 percent from last Wednesday. The 13-day gross for Machete stands at $22.23 million, placing it towards the lower end of expectations and 6 percent ahead of the pace of 2007's Grindhouse.
Sony's Takers remained in fourth with $0.391 million. The PG-13 crime film from Screen Gems was down 18 percent from Tuesday and down 39 percent from last Wednesday. With a 20-day total of $48.94 million, Takers is now on the verge of surpassing the $49.12 million total domestic gross of 2007's This Christmas.
Going the Distance rounded out the day's top five with $0.344 million. The R-rated romantic comedy was down 24 percent from Tuesday and down 36 percent from last Wednesday. After a slow start, Going the Distance has held up reasonably well over the past week and cleared the $15 million mark yesterday. However, the film is likely to take a big hit from Sony's Easy A this weekend.
On the platform front, Fox Searchlight's Never Let Me Go was off to a nice start on Wednesday. The Mark Romanek directed film starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley grossed $24,622 on its first day of release. Never Let Me Go is currently playing in four locations in New York and Los Angeles, giving the film an impressive per-location average of $6,156 yesterday.