Sony's Resident Evil: Retribution continued the decade-long success of the video game-adapted franchise with an estimated $8.4 million on Friday. That figure was good enough to take first place but is lower than its predecessor's $10.7 million opening day in 2010. We're estimating that Retribution rakes in $21 million for the weekend.
Disney reports that Finding Nemo 3D banked $5.06 million for a second place finish on Friday, off 43% from The Lion King 3D's Friday debut of $8.9 million one year ago. The Friday take is even slightly behind that of Beauty and the Beast 3D's $5.6 million opening day this past January. We currently estimate Nemo's weekend will tally close to $17.5 million.
Meanwhile, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master posted a remarkable Friday opening of $242k from 5 theaters -- the best opening day of Anderson's career thus far. That gives the film an estimated Friday per-theater-average of $48,425, topping Moonrise Kingdom's $43,082 back in May. We're estimating a weekend take of $750k.
Rocky Mountain Pictures' Last Ounce of Courage opened to $690k in 1,407 theaters on Friday, putting it on target for $2 million debut frame.
The Words posted a strong hold with $930k on Friday. The CBS Films release should bring in $3.1 million this weekend.
Entering as the reigning #1 film for the past two weekends, The Possession grabbed another $1.82 million on Friday and is on pace for a $5.9 million third frame.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.