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'Resident Evil: Retribution' Kicks Box-Offfice Butt, Swamps 3D 'Finding Nemo'

6/12/2014 Todd Cunningham

By Todd Cunningham

"Resident Evil: Retribution" kicked butt at the weekend domestic box office, rolling up $21 million and swamping the 3D re-release of "Finding Nemo."

Disney's "Finding Nemo" took in about $17.5 million from 2,904 theaters. Those numbers are close to the ones posted by the 3D version of "Beauty and the Beast," which bowed to $17 million in January and topped out at $47 million. Last year's 3D re-release of "Lion King" debuted with $30 million and took in $94 million domestically.

With those two films leading the way, the overall box office was on pace to come in at around $80 million. That's about 15 percent off from the same weekend last year when the 3D re-release of "Lion King" led the way with $30 million, but better than last week's dismal $68 million.

"Resident Evil," Screen Gems and Constantin Films' R-rated thriller is the fifth film in the franchise based on the Capcom survival horror video game series  of the same name. Its numbers are in line with the franchise's previous entries. "Resident Evil: Afterlife" debuted to $26 million in 2010, "Resident Evil: Extinction" opened to $23.7 million in 2007 and  "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" bowed to $23 million in 2004.

"Retribution" played at 3,012 locations. Sixty-four percent of the opening weekend audience was male and 45 percent was under 25. "Retribution" got a big boost from 3D, which made up 48 percent of the audience. The film also played at Imax theaters and took in $3 million from those theaters.

The franchise has always performed well overseas, and the weekend's international numbers are expected to be strong. It did $3.1 million on Imax overseas.

"Possession," which has been No. 1 the past two weeks, will finish in third with around $5.7 million. The Lionsgate exorcism tale's overall box office is at $41 million.

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