September 16, 2012
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Resident Evil: Retribution Shoots to #1
This weekend, two new 3D films from well-known brands led a box office rebound after last week's atrocious performance as the action sequel Resident Evil: Retribution opened at number one followed by the re-release of Finding Nemo 3D which settled for the runner-up spot. But despite the arrival of a pair of very different new films, the overall marketplace remained in the doldrums suffering double digit losses compared to the same frame from the last few years. Opening well in the top spot, Sony's Resident Evil: Retribution took the box office crown with an estimated $21.1M from 3,012 locations for a good $7,005 average, helped by higher prices from 3D and IMAX screens.
September 14, 2012
Critics Consensus: Resident Evil: Retribution Not Screened -- Guess the Tomatometer!
This week at the movies, we've got a zombie apocalypse (Resident Evil: Retribution, starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez) and a Pixar classic (Finding Nemo 3D, with voice work by Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres). When the apocalypse comes, the only things likely to survive will be cockroaches and the Resident Evil franchise. Unfortunately, Resident Evil: Retribution wasn't screened for U.S. critics prior to its release, so we can't tell you how it stacks up with its four (critically panned) predecessors. Pixar doesn't lack for masterpieces, but Finding Nemo is a jewel that shines particularly brightly in the studio's crown.
September 13, 2012
Total Recall: Part Fives
Sequels! We love to complain about them, but clearly, we can't get enough of 'em -- or at least that's the message we keep sending at the box office, where they seem to take up a greater percentage of the grosses every year. Of course, nothing lasts forever, and when it comes to film franchises, the audience's fondness for the characters tends to run out around the third film -- but there are some notable exceptions, such as the Resident Evil series, which makes its fifth(!) trip to the big screen this weekend with Resident Evil: Retribution. In honor of this momentous achievement, we decided to take a look at other fifth installments, and came up with a list that's more impressive (and less reliant on horror sequels) than you might think. One, two, three, four, five: this Total Recall's working overtime!