Resident Evil: Extinction Tops Friday's Box-Office

September 22, 2007–Resident Evil: Extinction, the third chapter of Screen Gems zombie actioner franchise, made $9.2 million for the top spot at Fridays box office.

The film's Friday B.O. is similar to the opening day take of its 2004 sequel, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, and 36% higher than the first Evil which bowed in March 2002. Apocalypse made the top spot of its September 2004 frame with $23 million and a domestic total of $50.7 million. Playing in 2,828 locations, Extinction is well ahead of the weekends top spot at the box office.

The Dane Cook-Jessica Alba romantic comedy Good Luck Chuck placed second, with $4.9 million from 2,612 theaters. Pictures Friday is 17% higher than the first day of Cooks previous outing, Employee of the Month which co-starred Jessica Simpson. That film opened at $11.4 million during the first weekend of October and Chuck is expected to outpace it.

Warner vigilante actioner The Brave One grossed $2.2 million from 2,755 locaions in its second Friday, 52% off from its opening day. Pics current cumulative at $19.9 million.

Focus Features expansion of Cronenbergs Russian mafia drama Eastern Promises took the fourth spot at the Friday box office with $1.8 million off 1,404 theaters, bringing its eight day cume to $2.6 million.

Lionsgates western 3:10 to Yuma grossed $1.74 million yesterday on 2,902 for fifth, down 37% from last Friday. Since its Sept. 7 opening, the Russell Crowe-Christian Bale oater made $33.3 million.

Ranking just behind Yuma, was Us Amanda Bynes vehicle Sydney White with $1.73 million off 2,104.

Among other arthouse expansions in their sophomore frame, Tri-Star-Revolutions Across the Universe posted $643,000 from 276 locales and a current cume of $1.6 million.

Warner Independents In the Valley of Elah grossed $336,000 from 317, moving its total take to $518,000.

Paramount Vantages Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn, touted Fridays highest screen average with $14,752 or $59,000 from four theaters.

The Brad Pitt Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford made $44,000 from 15 locations for a per screen average of $2,958.