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Whisper Numbers: Resident Evil: Afterlife is the only new game in town.

Another 3D film is poised to claim the number one spot at the box office with the arrival of Resident Evil: Afterlife [RESE4].  Sony Screen Gems hopes 3D will breathe new life into the action horror franchise as well as the zombie genre as a whole.  The original 2002 film adapted from the videogame series reignited the current zombie movie craze.  Milla Jovovich [MJOVO] reprises the heroine role of Alice as well as her new clones.  The previous two sequels opened above $23 million.  With its native 3D effects (and higher ticket prices), Afterlife should be able to shrug off audience fatigue that plagued other films. Blasting its way into 3203 theaters, Resident Evil: Afterlife could hit a franchise high score of $26 million.

The American [THEAM] proved more popular than the Mexican Machete [MCHTE] last weekend.  While older moviegoers usually keep dramas afloat in its second weekend, terrible word of mouth may steer audiences away from The American for a quick dip to $7 million.

For its third weekend of release, Takers [TAKER] should grab another $5.5 million and remain in the top three.

Even with its timely topic, Robert Rodriguez’s [RRODR] Machete did not perform any better than 2007’s GrindhouseMachete looks to quickly dull 55% in its second outing to $5 million.

Getting moviegoers to watch Going the Distance [GDIST] turned out to be as tough as having a real-life long-distance relationship.  The romantic comedy should claim the fifth spot with $4 million.

That’s the whisper from the trading floor.



Tag(s): RESE4, MJOVO, THEAM, MCHTE, TAKER, RRODR, GDIST

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By Box Office Whisperer on Thursday, September 9, 2010 @ 04:37 PM 2329 views

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