Jake Gyllenhaal's LA cop drama ,End of Watch, and horror flick House at the End of the Street tied for the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend, each earning an estimated $13 million in their opening weekends. Fellow new release Trouble With the Curve placed a close third with $12.7 million, followed by Finding Nemo, which took in $9.4 million in its 3D release. Last week's number one, Resident Evil: Retribution, fell to fifth place with $6.7 million. As for other new releases, Dredd 3D took sixth place with $6.3 million and The Perks of Being a Wallflower had a small, four-theater opening, but pulled in a healthy $244,000.
Milla Jovovich is still a pro at kicking undead ass and dominating the box office as Resident Evil: Retribution earned $21.1 million in its opening weekend, landing the film at the top of the box office heap. Finding Nemo is this week's runner-up, taking in $17.5 million in its 3D rerelease. Last week's number one, The Possession, ended up with third place, earning $5.8 million, followed by Lawless with $4.2 million and ParaNorman with $3 million. Meanwhile, though Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master opened in a very limited release (just five theaters), it earned an impressive $730,000.
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- See Milla Jovovich in the teaser for the latest Resident Evil film — NextMovie
- Aw, check out this timeline of Chuck and Sarah's relationship on Chuck — BuddyTV
- Reese Witherspoon's This Means War release date has moved up — The Hollywood Reporter
- Find out about the serious role Kristen Wiig might take on next — Moviefone
- The best movies of director Steven Soderbergh — Rotten Tomatoes
- Why Katherine Heigl wants to come back to Grey's Anatomy — HuffPost TV
- See which Twilight star is joining True Blood — Zap2It
- '90s songs and the life lessons you can learn from them — TrèsSugar
Now that you've cast your vote in some of my other Best of 2009 polls, we can focus on the games we played this year. There were a ton of shooters and multiplayer titles that hit the shelves in 2009, but that doesn't mean there was a shortage of brain busters and fun musical games for you to rock out with. It was a tough job to narrow down the field down to 10, so check them out and tell me — which is your favorite new video game of 2009?
And don't stop voting there — check the rest of my Best of 2009 polls, too!
After partying it up at the SF Resident Evil 5 launch event, I was more than excited to really dig my teeth into the game over the weekend. Although it comes onto the scene after the massive popularity of Resident Evil 4, RE5 really takes over where the original left off — with Chris Redfield large, in charge, and out to track down the source of the Umbrella Corps bioweapons, which have been used to turn an entire African country of Kijuju into "Majini" or evil spirits if you speak Swahili.
If you aren't good at third person shooters, or just don't play horror titles in general, I encourage you to pick up this game and give it a try anyway. Not only is it really fun, but it sucks you right in. And even if you aren't familiar with the RE franchise, it's totally OK — you can pick up the plot right away, plus, you get a history lesson throughout the game via facts that are splashed across your screen while scenes are loading.
Obviously, not all is well in this fictional African country, so to find out what I love (and kinda hate) about this game, just read more
How appropriate that Resident Evil 5 would launch today, Friday the 13th, since it's one of the creepiest games ever. And if you needed proof that the series is a true crowd-pleaser, try this fact on for size: Resident Evil 4 sold 5.2 million copies since its 2005 release, and the entire series has sold more than 36 million copies since it first appeared on the scene in 1996. And speaking of crowds, the one that gathered outside the launch tent in San Francisco's Union Square last night was packed with gamers who were not only waiting to get an early peek at the game, but also anxiously watching the clock until midnight arrived so they could head home with a copy of their own.
The thumping music coming from inside the tent was just the beginning — there were games, giveaways, cell phone engravings, and energy drinks (a geeks' drink of choice) being passed around to keep the party going until the clock struck 12.
- I was so close to winning the screaming contest. Unfortunately, there's no prize for second place!
- The actors that voiced RE5's characters were there to mingle with the gamers.
- There were plenty of Xbox 360's and PS3's to get your hands on to play the game.
- M&M "Antidote"? Yes, please.
- It was a great turnout in downtown SF.
To hear more about the event, and to find out what my favorite part of the night was, just read more
As awesome as 2007 was for gaming, with the release of some of the most advanced games yet, 2008 seems to have a few tricks up its sleeve for us, too. Although Super Mario Galaxy, Halo and Guitar Hero will be on heavy rotation for months to come, I have a feeling that we'll need to make room in our closets for some new faves.
In the first of this three part series, we'll look at four of the twelve coolest games to hit the shelves in the next twelve months. Kicking it off will be the newest title in an uber-creepy series, a fast paced racer that encourages destruction, a revolutionary newcomer and a little something to help you work on your fitness. Game On!
Resident Evil 5
If you're a fan of Resident Evil, you will most likely dig the newest installment of zombified Haitians, eerie sounds, and guns, lots of guns, which you'll want to keep fully loaded. Although it might be hard to top the scare factor of RE4 that left me wanting to leave a light on before bed! Sure to scare you this year on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Now for three more games if you read more