The fifth Resident Evil entry, Resident Evil: Retribution powered its way to the top of the box-office this weekend, opening with $21.1 million in ticket sales.
The debut pales in comparison to the 2010 installment, Afterlife, which opened to $27 million. Analysts expected a debut of around $22 million.
Retribution beat the 3-D re-release of Finding Nemo. It took second with $17.5 million. Some analysts predicted the Nemo re-release would open in the top spot. And while the film didn’t do as well as predicted, many in Hollywood think the re-release could score $60 million before its Blu-Ray release.
The horror film The Possession took third with $5.8 million, followed by the gangster film Lawless with $4.2 million.
The cartoon ParaNorman rounded out the top five with $3 million. Final figures are due Monday.