Just like this summer’s The Bourne Ultimatum, a three-peat which improved on the opening numbers of its previous entries, Resident Evil: Extinction topped the box office charts this weekend, taking in an estimated $23.7 million.
Good Luck Chuck saw more modest returns, pulling in $13.7 million on around 3,100 screens, while Amanda Bynes’ Sydney White couldn’t capitalize on her Hairspray-aided bump in profile, grossing only $5.2 million at around 2,100 sites.
In holdovers, Jodie Foster’s gritty The Brave One dropped 46 percent, good for $7.3 million and $25 cumulatively to date. 3:10 to Yuma added another $6.1 million to its coffers, and now stands at $37 million overall. Mr. Woodcock fell 44 percent, down to $4.9 million for the weekend and $15.6 million in total. Still hanging around in the top 10, meanwhile, are Superbad (which has now raked in over $116 million), the aforementioned The Bourne Ultimatum ($220 million and counting), and sophomore release Dragon Wars, which pulled in $2.5 million to take its total haul to $8.6 million.
In limited release, Across the Universe, a sprawling love story set to the tunes of the Beatles and starring Evan Rachel Wood,
expanded to 275 theaters and pulled in $1.9 million. Sean Penn’s Into the Wild rang up $210,000 on four screens, The Jane Austen Book Club made $149,000 on 25 screens, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford made just under $148,000 at five theaters. Meanwhile, December Boys, starring Daniel Radcliffe, added four theaters (for a total of eight), and put another $11,000 in the bank.