It feels as though it has been forever since three genre films occupied space in the box office top 10, which is precisely why this weekend feels a bit more intriguing than most. It isn’t the Super Bowl, for folks like us, it’s the dark side of cinema, and today there’s good reason to celebrate.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Split and Rings are all top 10 viewed films this weekend.
Split is holding on to the top slot for a three-week run of dominance. M. Night Shyamalan’s latest has already racked up an impressive $98 million in domestic ticket sales while foreign markets have amassed an additional $44 million, pushing the pic’s worldwide total up to $142 million.
Rings opened in the number two position with an underwhelming $13 million domestically, but it’s working at making up for sales on the foreign circuits, having already pulled down an additional $15.2 million.
And finally, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter… no doubt leaving Sony a little disappointed, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hasn’t performed too well here in America. The film currently sits in the sixth position of the top 10, and has thus far only sold $21 million in tickets, but the foreign field is hosting an entirely different game: RE6 has already come close to toppling $100 million; $95 million is the official haul.
It’s a good week for horror. Even for a film like Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which isn’t living up to lofty expectations. There’s still very clearly big interest in high caliber commercial genre releases, and that’s a win, no matter how you look at it. Horror isn’t going anywhere, any time soon.