The newest video game movie, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, is out now. It opened on Thursday evening and made $1 million from those early screenings in the US, according to Variety.
It’s expected to make as much as $14 million this weekend at the US box office. The film had a reported $40 million budget and is said to be the final entry in the series. We will update this post with The Final Chapter‘s Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and first-weekend box office figures as they become available.
Last week’s No. 1 movie, the M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split, made $40 million for its opening. Variety said it is expected to perform well again, finishing the weekend “in the high teens” in terms of millions of dollars.
The Final Chapter is going up against another new release, A Dog’s Purpose, which is expected to make as much as $22 million this weekend to land at No. 1. That estimate is reduced slightly in the wake of the video that surfaced this month where a dog was seen struggling in the water during filming. The movie’s producers have since said that PETA, which called for a boycott of the film, misrepresented what actually happened. You can read this piece from The Hollywood Reporter to learn more about that situation.
Another notable element of this weekend’s box office is that a number of films are either growing their movie theater footprint or returning to theaters to celebrate their Oscar nominations. For example, the hit musical La La Land, which picked up a record-tying 14 nominations, will play at 3,136 US locations this weekend, compared to 1,850 last weekend. Additionally, the sci-fi movie Arrival, which received eight nominations, is returning to theaters with bonus commentary from the director and stars.
For more on The Final Chapter, check out GameSpot’s review and what other critics are saying. It is the sixth movie in the series, all of which have been directed by Paul W.S. Anderson with Milla Jovovich in the starring role of Alice.