Paul W. S. Anderson's action-horror sequel Resident Evil: Afterlife takes the title of UK box office champ this past weekend with a debut haul of £1.69m giving it a record opening for the franchise. While the 3D surcharge certainly played a part the fourth instalment of the series managed to pull in over £750k more than predecessor Resident Evil: Extinction and with a $26m debut over in the States a fifth movie has already been confirmed by leading lady Milla Jovovich.
Along with Resident Evil: Afterlife there are three other new faces in the chart this week - in fifth with £615k is comic-strip adaptation Tamara Drewe from director Stephen Frears and starring Gemma Arterton, while the Drew Barrymore / Justin Long rom-com Going the Distance takes seventh and comedy Cyrus follows up in eighth.
It was a good weekend for both Toy Story 3 and Grown Ups, each moving up a spot to second and third respectively. Pixar's animated hit continues to impress even after eight long weeks and pushes its overall tally to £71m, while at the opposite end of the scale the Paul Rudd / Steve Carell comedy Dinner for Schmucks plummets from second to ninth in just its second weekend. Also on the decline is the low-budget horror The Last Exorcism, which drops to fourth from its first-placed opening last weekend, along with Edgar Wright comic-book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (falling one to sixth) and Sylvester Stallone action epic The Expendables (down three to tenth).
Number one this time last year: District 9
|Pos.||Film||Weekend Gross||Week||Total UK Gross|
|1||Resident Evil: Afterlife||£1,690,655||1||£1,690,655|
|2||Toy Story 3||£756,575||8||£71,015,148|
|4||The Last Exorcism||£730,395||2||£2,491,536|
|6||Scott Pilgrim vs. The World||£439,143||3||£4,339,230|
|7||Going the Distance||£436,361||1||£436,361|
|9||Dinner for Schmucks||£401,567||2||£1,867,209|
Perhaps the most interesting of the newcomers this coming Friday is the documentary (or should that be mockumentary?) I'm Still Here (cert. 15), with first-time director Casey Affleck chronicling the bizarre career change of Joaquin Phoenix from actor to oddball rapper. Alternatives include the Will Ferrell / Mark Wahlberg buddy cop comedy The Other Guys (cert. 12A), horror Devil (cert. 15) and thriller Winter's Bone (cert. 15), along with homegrown efforts F (cert. 18) and The Kid (cert. 15).
U.K. Box Office Archive