Box office: Boom times, or bust?
September 14th, 2012
05:12 PM ET

Box office: Boom times, or bust?

"The Possession" claimed the top spot at the box office last weekend, but we doubt Lionsgate was celebrating. The thriller was crowned champion of the worst box office weekend in more than a decade, with a total that didn't even crack $10 million. Not exactly bragging rights.

But maybe Hollywood can hope for a turnaround this week: There's "Finding Nemo" in 3-D, and "Resident Evil: Retribution" opening wide.

True, "Finding Nemo" is a re-release, and "Resident Evil: Retribution" isn't going to get an audience off Oscar buzz, but that's not to say fans won't support. When "Resident Evil: Afterlife" opened in September 2010, it earned $26.6 million, according to, and recall how well "The Lion King" did when it returned to theaters last September, earning No. 1 its first weekend out with $29.3 million.

If "Finding Nemo" or "Resident Evil" pull in half that, hey - at least they achieved ticket sales over $10 million.

Also opening this weekend will be "The Master," but it's in limited release. Do you have plans to head to the movies?

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. California-

    i do have a cousin that does the news......she's on the field alot she was a big help recently for me in california...
    do you want me too ask he too check it out for you?

    January 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Benny Davenport

    This may not be the best place to ask this, but I’d like to find out if I can have a higher priced rental and I have no idea how to find a good, local property management firm… have you ever heard of this company? They're located in Sacramento, CA in the same city as me and I can’t find reviews on them – Sacramento Property Management Consultants, 600 H St Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 282-3103.

    January 25, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. throwdown(m)

    don't respond to it the rest of the day...baaawaaahaaa

    September 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LPow

    no matrix..teams were too infected by this production which will not happen again
    in order to produce this type of a a movie. the actors only have to listen to each other.

    September 15, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. how old are you


    September 15, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. SuckerPunches?

    yea right

    September 15, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michelle

    I think they should give Lindsey Lohan a chance and let her play the lead in a movie again. Maybe as a super heroine like batgirl or a spy or something. Let her play one of the roles Angie Jolie always gets. I bet she would do good.

    September 15, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Snarf

    Im going to see the Resident evil movie later today.

    Hope they got back to the first 2 movies without those "matrix" movements and "supernatural strong power".
    I didn´t like those on the last movies...
    The teams, even when infected, would still be humans on the game stories. So keep that on before starting to kick matrix in and supernatural powers.

    September 15, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. robert


    September 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pwdro

      I like movies with n eked ladies better. They are thought provoking and more realistic.

      September 15, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • LovePower

      i like to makeout in a movie theater in a dark corner at midnight.

      September 15, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Power.

      you want the movie part–you tell the director everything he needs to know so both can crush this part and make it work.

      September 15, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Richard

    Hollywood; wizened old borscht-belt hacks too terrified to try ANYTHING new, endless sequels and remakes and vacuous comic-book movies. No wonder video games slaughtered you.

    September 14, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SPW

    Another terrible Resident Evil movie that people pass off as good.

    The original games in the series would make a better movie, I don't know why they decided to go with this completely unbelievable set of characters.

    September 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cnnworstratings

    Worst ratings ever for CNN. Keep piling on that liberal cesspool junk like "Obama is winning!" Romney is bad for women!"

    You guys are in the tank for good reason. Can't keep actual news and lib wishes apart...

    September 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jessica

    No movie could be worse than "Sucker Punch". Quite possibly the worst movie ever.

    September 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Danielle

    Yep. A clip from that miserable Sucker Punch movie. Possibly the worst movie of all time. "Sucker Punch" was the most horrible movie in humanity.

    September 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    These look like remakes of the crappy movie called. . . . I forget. The one with the girl in the Sailor Moon suit that shot at nazis. Anyways it was mega craaaappy. Even girls didn't like it. You know. The one where the blond girl was in a nut house and the were supposed to sing and dance around. It was horrible.

    September 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danielle

      Sucker Punch. Worst movie of all time. Beyond bad. Beyond horrible. An insult to all of humankind.

      September 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. POL

    alot of action and lots of fire and noise could grab it worth the $20?

    September 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dylan Federspiel

    Just waiting for The Hobbit guys.

    September 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rhino

    you know what? i changed my mind i may just go.

    September 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Huh?

    Meh, I'll take a chance at the new Resident Evil. I don't play the video games but I've been watching the movies ever since the first Resident Evil movie, which bringing back Michelle Rodriguez was a smart choice. Now you combine Milla Jovavich AND Michelle Rodriguez, okay, I'll give it a shot.

    September 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Clat

    it would be too noisy–stay home

    September 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Yea..

    watching this in bed would be best.

    September 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Herman Munster

    Either people bringing their infants, or jack hat teens. No thanks.

    September 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  23. jcluma

    I go to see compelling stories with A-list stars that DON'T look like video games. Watching shootouts with cartoonish physical action and massive hi-tech equipment exploding endlessly with outlandish fireballs... that ain't great storytelling that's gonna grab my heart and mind, or my $20 bucks.

    September 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  24. yourabutch

    your right i'll wait for red box also and watch it bed with a man.

    September 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Daniel

    Nope. The theater is social hour these days. People talk more in a movie theater than coffee houses. No thanks. I wait for Redbox and watch it at home.

    September 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Perato

    i love going to the last movie its so much fun...i always go very late.

    September 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Brad Paisely

    Mark Zuckerman needs to take a Hot Shower, buy a suit, wear a shirt and tie and look as if he were an adult.

    We can let him work for George Martino at Safeway.

    September 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. B-Ran

    Saw Resident Evil at midnight last night! It was pretty freakin awesome! LOVED it!!!

    September 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |

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