By Bill Wine
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A sequel and a re-release helped to bring the movie box office back from the dead after last weekend’s worst showing in over a decade.
The new horror-sci-fi action thriller, Resident Evil: Retribution, finished first by taking in $21 million in its first weekend.
Second place was claimed by Finding Nemo 3-D, an enhanced version of the 2003 animated attraction, which earned an estimated $18 million on its debut weekend.
Well behind and rounding out the top five were holdovers The Possession, Lawless, and Paranorman, with $6 million, $4 million, and $3 million, respectively.
Industry-wide totals were certainly an improvement over last weekend’s dismal numbers, but they were still well off the pace of a year ago.