`Resident Evil` zombies top box office
Flesh-eating zombies crept to the top of the North American box office as the third "Resident Evil" movie took 24 million dollars in its opening weekend, initial figures showed Sunday.
"Resident Evil: Extinction," the latest in the gory series of spin-offs from the popular video game, sees supermodel Milla Jovovitch pursued by evil scientists in an Earth taken over by the undead.
The weekend`s second highest earner was another new release, "Good Luck Chuck," a sex comedy starring Jessica Alba. It took 14 million dollars, according to the figures from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
A pistol-packing Jodie Foster in New York crime thriller "The Brave One" came in third, bagging 7.4 million dollars. Foster stars as a radio host who turns into a vengeful vigilante after losing her boyfriend in a gang attack.
The critically acclaimed remake of western "3:10 to Yuma" was next with 6.35 million dollars, giving it a total of 37.9 million in its third week.
"Eastern Promises," starring Viggo Mortensen as a Russian gangster in London, was fifth with 5.7 million.
Next came new release "Sydney White" -- a modern-day reworking of "Snow White," about a new girl at college sharing a house with seven "geeks." It scooped 5.3 million dollars in its first three days.
"Mr Woodcock," a low-brow comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton as a sadistic gym teacher, came in seventh with 5.0 million.
Raunchy teen comedy "Superbad" was down to eighth with 3.1 million, for a total of 116 million after six weeks.
"The Bourne Ultimatum," the third instalment of the franchise featuring Matt Damon as amnesiac super-assassin Jason Bourne, ranked ninth with 2.8 million. It has earned 220 million dollars in eight weeks.
Monster fantasy flick "Dragon Wars," from Korean director Shim Hyung-Rae, took 2.5 million.
"Rush Hour 3," the third of the martial-arts cop series featuring Hong Kong star Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, was eleventh with 2.25 million dollars.
Another high-profile remake, Rob Zombie`s update of the classic John Carpenter slasher flick "Halloween," rounded out the top 12 with 2.0 million dollars in its fourth week, for total takings of 54 million.