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Box Office Analysis, Sept. 12: "Resident Evil 2" Blasts Its Way to the Top

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Sep 13, 2004 | 10:12am EDT

Evil takes up residence at the movies this weekend.

After a few weeks of lackluster movie fare, the zombie-kicking sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse shot to the top of the heap, opening with $23.7 million, while the other newcomer, the kidnapping drama Cellular, debuted in second with $10.6 million.

Apocalypse became the third best September opening ever, behind Sweet Home Alabama, which opened in 2002 with $35.6 million and Rush Hour, which opened in 1998 with $33 million. The Resident Evil sequel also beat out its predecessor, which debuted in 2002 with $17.7 million.

This week, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $64.7 million, down less than 1 percent from last weekend's $64.9 million take and down from this weekend last year by 11.01 percent.

The top three films at the box office this time last year were Sony Pictures R-rated Once Upon a Time in Mexico, which opened in the No. 1 spot with $23.4 million in 3,282 theaters, averaging $7,137 per theater; Warner Bros. PG-13 Matchstick Men, debuted in second with $13 million in 2,711 theaters, averaging $4,827 per theater; and Lions Gate's R-rated Cabin Fever, opened in third with $8.6 million in 2,087 theaters, averaging $4,137 per theater.

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES: (Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Sony, R)

Gross: $23.7 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 3,284

Per-theater average: $7,217

No. 2: Cellular (New Line Cinema, PG-13)

Gross: $10.6 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,749

Per-theater average: $3,856

No. 3: Without a Paddle (Paramount, PG-13)

Gross: $4.5 million (-35%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 2,754 (-2)

Per-theater average: $1,661

Cume to date: $45.5 million

No. 4: Hero (Miramax, PG-13)

Gross: $4.4 million (-50%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 2,754

Per-theater average: $2,175

Cume to date: $41.6 million

No. 5: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Buena Vista, G)

Gross: $2.93 million (-47%)

Weeks opened: 5

Theaters: 2,452 (-687)

Per-theater average: $1,195

Cume to date: $89.2 million

No. 6: Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $2.9 million (-55%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 2,544 (-361)

Per-theater average: $1,140

Cume to date: $27.6 million

No. 7: Vanity Fair (Focus, PG-13)

Gross: $2.7 million (-43%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 1,054 (+3)

Per-theater average: $2.609

Cume to date: $11.2 million

No. 8: Collateral (DreamWorks, R)

Gross: $2.7 million (-46%)

Weeks opened: 6

Theaters: 2,024 (-324)

Per-theater average: $1,334

Cume to date: $92.6 million

No. 9: Napoleon Dynamite (Fox Searchlight, PG)

Gross: $2.6 million (-6 %)

Weeks opened: 14

Theaters: 921 (+35, in expanded release)

Per-theater average: $2,877

Cume to date: $30.4 million

No. 10: Paparazzi (Fox, PG-13)

Gross: $2.6 million (-58%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 2,153 (+38)

Per-theater average: $1,208

Cume to date: $11.8 million

OTHER OPENINGS

Criminal (Warner Indie, R)

Gross: $270,000 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 77

Per-theater average: $3,506

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