Last week was the worst weekend for the box-office and this weekend it seems as though poor numbers are just a thing of the past. Not really. Resident Evil and the 3D re-release of Pixar’s Finding Nemo opened this weekend to generate large crowds for the dog days of summer. They didn’t change the box-office game but they were able to generate some form of income for their respected studios.
Resident Evil: Retribution was the fifth film based on the video game series of the same name and it placed first this weekend. Earning a commendable $21.1 million, RE5 beat out Finding Nemo by $3.6 million. What contributed to the $21.1 million was the sale of 3D tickets, which for some theaters is about $3-$7 more expensive than regular 2D tickets. The last film in the RE series, Resident Evil: Afterlife, made $26 million when it opened around the same time two years ago. Retribution didn’t make as much as Afterlife but after a weekend of all-time low gross numbers, the $21.1 million is forgivable. However, the series is consistent with revenue.
Finding Nemo 3D swam back into theaters with $17.5 million. This movie was released just nine years ago and while most films can hold up in that amount of time, this Pixar classic manages to hold up and stand the test of time. Yeah, the film may look dated but the story is what matters here. Let’s go back nine years. The weekend of May 2nd, 2003, X2: X-Men United comes out to an awesome $85.5 million.
The following week, X2 managed to hold on to the number one spot with $40 million. The week of May 16th, The Matrix Reloaded comes out to a stellar $91 million opening, only to lightning bolted to second place with Bruce Almighty with $67 million. Finally, the week after that, Finding Nemo debuts to a wonderful $70 million. Not only did Finding Nemo prove to a success for Pixar both critically and financially, but May of 2003 was a great time to be at the movies. Also, Finding Nemo beat out the remake of The Italian Job that weekend.
Here is the Top Ten.