1. Resident Evil: Retribution – $21.1 million [debut week] – The fifth installment of the series rose to another box office leading win even if it’s by far one of the weaker openings of the series. The second and third film in the series — “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” and “Resident Evil: Extinction” — $23 million and $23.6 million respectively had comparable opening weekends, but the fourth film “Resident Evil: Afterlife” had a better haul of $26 million in its opening weekend. Considering there was little real competition at the box office, this has to be a minor disappointment for Screen Gems.
2. Finding Nemo 3D – $17.5 million [debut week in 3D] – Imagine there’s a whole crop of audiences that haven’t seen the original and with very little family films out there, this was a bit of a surprise. Especially considering “Nemo” is one of the standout Pixar films. If you see any movie today on the Top 5, make it this one.
3. The Possession – $5.8million [3rd week; $41. 2 million in total] The two-time champ gets knocked down a couple notches and raises its take to nearly $40 million.
4. Lawless – $4.2 million [3rd week; $30.1 million in total] With stronger competition coming next week, in large part due to the number of new films arriving, this should be this period film’s last stint in the Top 5.
5. The Words – $2.9 million [2nd week; $9.2 million in total] The word is bomb. Few seem to care about this film, which doesn’t do Bradley Cooper’s box office drawing ability any favors. “Limitless” earned $18 million in its opening weekend alone. Another fun fact: It took Cooper’s “The Hangover” 10 weeks to draw as small an audience as “The Words” second week.