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September 13, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Aided by 3D surcharges and the fact that it was the only film opening in wide release this weekend, Resident Evil: Afterlife opened at No. 1 at the box office with $27.7 million, according to studio estimates. The film surpassed analysts’ expectations and eclipsed the $23.1 million hauled in by the third installment of the franchise, 2007’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse, when it also opened on the weekend after Labor Day, usually one of the slowest periods of the year at the box office. This weekend, which was down 11 percent from a year ago, was no exception. The remaining nine films on the box-office top ten took in just $36.3 million and each of their estimated totals were so close that it was likely that there would be a wholesale rearrangement of the standings when final results are disclosed on Monday.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Resident Evil: Afterlife, $27.7 million; 2. Takers, $6.1 million; 3. The American, $5.9 million; 4. Machete, $4.2 million; 5. Going the Distance, $3.8 million; 6. The Other Guys, $3.6 million; 7. The Last Exorcism, $3.5 million; 8. The Expendables, $3.3 million, 9. Inception, $3 million; 10. Eat Pray Love, $2.9 million.

Final figures released on Monday indicated that several of the top ten finishers were overestimated, including Resident Evil: Afterlife, which wound up with $26,650.264. Takers placed second with $5,675,611, virtually tied with The American, which took in $5,674,240. Rounding out the top five were Machete with $4,294,120 and Going the Distance with $3,788,222.