‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Rules the Box Office: ‘The Master Performs Well’

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Resident Evil: Retribution ruled the box office its opening week. In limited release, the movie supposedly based on Scientology—The Master—performed well too.

Maybe it’s the time of the year, but recently horror-based films have out done just about every other movie genre. The Possession ruled two weeks in a row and now the Milla Jovovich vehicle is taking over the top spot. The fifth movie in Milla’s successful franchise raked in a surprising $21.1 million in the U.S. and $50 million worldwide. The film even out performed film classic Finding Nemo. It hit the theaters in 3D this time around and pulled in another $17.5 million.

The Possession remained in the top five, with a number three ranking. It made another $5.8 million. That gives the film a three-week total of $41.2 million.

Lawless and ParaNorman completed the top five. The former fell in fourth place with $4.2 million. The latter took fifth with $3 million.

The Master, a film many believe loosely based on L. Ron Hubbard’s Church of Scientology, brought in good numbers in a limited release. It scored $729,745. That might not sound like much at first. However, the sum reflected comes from just five theaters. That means an average of $145,949 per theater, which is impressive.

Another limited release film fared well. That’s Richard Geer’s Arbitrage. It raked in $2.1 million, landing itself firmly in 12th place.

While it seems doubtful that Resident Evil: Retribution can hold the top spot for long, it is nice to see the horror genre finally get some respect.

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