16 September 2012 8:53 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After an extended down period, the box office is back! Sorta! Kinda! Not really! We're not sure what this means! Regardless, after a weekend where no film registered a double-digit gross in the millions, there were two films from highly established brands battling for supremacy. In the end, the victory was had by "Resident Evil: Retribution," the fourth straight film from this franchise to open at the top spot. 'Retribution' also benefits from 3D like it's predecessor "Resident Evil: Afterlife," though that film debuted to slightly under $27 million, and 'Retribution' is looking at a weekend tally of only $21 million. This remains a franchise with a heavy fanbase, however, even if this gross is lower than the first weekend takes of "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" and "Resident Evil: Extinction." But, like these films forgettable subtitles, the grosses are largely interchangable stateside -- 'Afterlife' registered »


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