Box Office Prophets
This sequel to a movie that wasn't necessarily all that well-received in the first place chalked up $9.3 million on Friday, an impressive number no matter how you slice it. With dismal reviews and even fans of the first film admitting that the sequel is a definite step down, Resident Evil: Apocalypse nonetheless drew in both devotees of the classic videogame franchise and probably added some folks who discovered the original movie on DVD. It's headed for a free-fall from here, though. The Friday-to-Sunday multiplier of the first Resident Evil was a not-so-good 2.6, and the sequel is going to be even more front-loaded. With a best-case-scenario multiplier of 2.4, Resident Evil: Apocalypse should be able to manage $22.3 million for its first weekend, which isn't a bad increase over the original's debut frame of $17.7 million. Look for the zombie flick to fall fast and hard next week.