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Resident Evil: Retribution tops US box office as The Master breaks records

Resident Evil: Retribution

Story by Jack Foley

IT WAS all about the Andersons at the US box office this weekend… Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: Retribution topped the charts with an estimated $21.1 million, but Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master debuted to a record-breaking $729,745.

The former is the fifth installment in the Resident Evil franchise and again stars Milla Jovovich as the survivor of an apocalypse who is forced to battle zombies and the evil corporation that was responsible for creating them.

Although the weakest opener to date in the series, 2010’s Resident Evil: Afterlife opened to $26.7 million in the US, the films always perform well overseas and Sony can expect another big pay day for a movie cost only $65 million to produce.

Turning to the second Anderson and his film, The Master, the Oscar-tipped but controversial drama set a record for an exclusive opening.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman as two men enmeshed in mind games, and reportedly inspired by Scientology, the film hit a record $145,949 per cinema, overtaking the previous art ouse record set by Moonrise Kingdom of $130,759 per location in May.

The success of both films suggests that independent American cinema is in a good state for those willing to take risks.

The weekend’s other new wide Hollywood release, Disney’s 3D re-release of Pixar’s Finding Nemo chalked up $17.5 million to claim second place.

Holdover releases The Possession and Lawless, both in their third weekends, claimed the third and fourth spots with $5.8 million and $4.2 million respectively, while ParaNorman came in fifth with $3 million.

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