''Resident Evil'' claims the top spot from ''Hero'' | EW.com

Movies

''Resident Evil'' claims the top spot from ''Hero''

Resident Evil claims the top spot from Hero. Milla Jovovich wins out over Kim Basinger, Seth Green, and Jet Li

Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Resident Evil: Apocalypse took up residence at the top of the box office chart this weekend, premiering with a strong $23.7 million, according to studio estimates. That’s 34 percent higher than the $17.7 million the first Resident Evil film grossed in its opening weekend in 2002.

The video-game-inspired sequel was certainly helped along by a complete lack of competition. Kim Basinger’s new thriller Cellular trailed far behind with a lackluster $10.6 million, while a bunch of late-summer releases continued to peter out. Without a Paddle scored $4.6 million for third place, followed closely by Hero with $4.4 million. And The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid were in a virtual tie for fifth with $2.9 million each. Looks like summer’s box office numbers are as distant a memory as summer’s barbecues.

More from Our Partners