Despite earning the best reviews of the series [although our own Rob Kojder didn’t like it] and the lowest opening weekend of the series, Paul W.S. Anderson and Sony Pictures have a lot to celebrate with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter as the franchise has crossed $1 billion worldwide.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter earned just $13 million from its opening weekend, which wasn’t enough to unseat Split from the top spot, or trouble Hidden Figures and A Dog’s Purpose. However a strong opening overseas has pushed the film to $78 million worldwide.
The film opened to number one in Japan last December.
It should be noted, however, that while Sony are reporting the franchise has pushed $1 billion, Boxofficemojo claim the series has so far earned $994 million. Either way, it will cross $1 billion next week.
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is directed by Paul W.S Anderson (Resident Evil) and is set for release on January 27th in the States and on February 3rd in the UK. Milla Jovovich is once again joined in the cast by franchise veterans regulars Ali Larter (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Claire Redfield, Ian Glen (Resident Evil: Extinction) as Dr. Alexander Isaacs, Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Albert Wesker, Wentworth Miller (Resident Evil: Extinction) as Chris Redfield and Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as K-Mart along with newcomers Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black) as Abigail, Eoin Macken (Merlin) as Doc, William Levy (Addicted) as Christian, Fraser James (Law & Order: UK) as Michael and Rola, a Japanese model and TV personality, as Cobalt.