'Afterlife' tops Fri. b.o. with $10.9 million

'American,' 'Takers' tie for second top spot with $1.8 million

Sony Screen Gems' 3D scifi-horror fourquel "Resident Evil: Afterlife" showed there is still plenty of life in the videogame-spawned franchise when it posted an estimated $10.9 million to open atop the daily box-office rankings on Friday.

The strong start to the session keeps "Afterlife" on track for a weekend bow north of $25 million, which would represent the biggest debut yet for the 8-year-old film franchise. The most recent previous "Evil" installment -- "Resident Evil: Extinction" -- rung up $23.7 million in its first frame in September 2007 and fetched $50.6 million overall domestically.

Elsewhere among the daily rankings, Focus Features' George Clooney starrer "The American" – which topped the domestic box office last weekend – started its sophomore session with a $1.8 million haul from its tenth day in multiplexes. The Friday grosses gave the atmospheric assassin thriller $24.2 million in cumulative coin and a second-place tie on the day with Sony Screen Gems' leggy "Takers," which boasts $43.8 million in cume and gives the Sony genre label a rare pair of top-ranking releases headed into the heist actioner's third session.

Fox's crime actioner "Machete" started its second weekend in a tie for fourth place with $1.3 million in Friday business and an eight-day cume of $17.9 million. Warner Bros.' romantic comedy "Going the Distance," starring Justin Long and Drew Barrymore, wooed an identical $1.3 million to push its cume to $11.5 million over the same period.
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