Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Resident Evil: Retribution” opened in first place at the box office over the weekend, raking in $21 million in ticket sales. That news might come as a surprise to those who haven’t been keeping up with the “Resident Evil” franchise.
“Retribution” — which, like “Resident Evil: Afterlife” was released in 3D — is the fourth straight “Resident Evil” film to finish in first place at the box office during its opening frame. Since the release of “Resident Evil” in March of 2002, all five films in the franchise have grown internationally: $62 million, $78 million, $97 million, $236 million. “Retribution” opened in 50 territories overseas and grossed an estimated $50 million, more than “Resident Evil: Afterlife” earned during its first salvo. That puts the fifth film in this franchise on course to top $236 million internationally. All told, the “Resident Evil” films have earned almost $1 billion in worldwide box office. (Huffington Post).