‘Resident Evil’ Brings Box Office Back From Dead

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.

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