While Paul Thomas Andersons cult drama The Master commanded a huge following in its opening weekend by smashing records on just a handful of screens,Resident Evil: Retribution was the number one film at the box office with an estimated 21.1-million-dollar opening.
According to studio estimates on Sunday,the Weinstein Co. release The Master made 729,745 dollars in five theatres in New York and Los Angeles for a record-setting per-screen average of 145,949 dollars.
The fifth film in the Sony Screen Gems action franchise Resident Evil topped the 3-D re-release of the Disney Pixar animated favourite Finding Nemo ,which opened in second place with 17.5 million dollars,Fox News reported.
Last weeks number one The Possession was knocked down to the third position with just 5.8-million-dollar takings this weekend.
Depression-era gangster flick Lawless fell from second place last week to fourth after earning 4.2 million dollars,with ParaNorman rounding off the top five.
The top ten movies at the weekend box office were:
Resident Evil: Retribution – 21.1 million dollars
Finding Nemo – 17.5 million dollars
The Possession – 5.8 million dollars
Lawless – 4.2 million dollars
ParaNorman – 3.04 million dollars
The Expendables 2 – 3 million dollars
The Words – 2.9 million dollars
The Bourne Legacy – 2.88 million dollars
The Odd Life of Timothy Green – 2.5 million dollars
The Campaign – 2.4 million dollars