Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Had A Monstrous Opening Weekend In China

by Nathan Birch

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Here in North America Resident Evil: The Final Chapter had a passable, but ultimately unremarkable run at the box office, making approximately $13.6 million in its opening weekend, before dropping down the charts in its second week. So far, The Final Chapter has only made $26.5 million at the domestic box office, placing it behind most other entries in the series, but the movie has just received a big time international boost.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter opened in China this past weekend and the zombie-slaying flick absolutely killed. From Friday to Sunday, The Final Chapter raked in a whopping $94.3 million, making it the most successful foreign movie opening in Chinese history, supplanting previous champion Furious 7. The huge weekend means Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has now accumulated $212 million worldwide, making it the third-most popular entry in the franchise, after Resident Evil: Afterlife and Resident Evil: Retribution. If The Final Chapter continues its hot streak in China, it has a good shot at taking the number one spot.

So, why does China seemingly love a movie the rest of the world has largely ignored? Well, for one, Sony has a special partnership with China’s biggest theater chain, so the movie was on a lot of screens. Also, the kind of dark, violent sci-fi content you see in Resident Evil movies is usually banished by Chinese censors, so The Final Chapter was a bit of an edgy novelty in the country.

Needless to say, after these Chinese receipts Resident Evil: The Final Chapter may not end being so final after all.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]