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The ''Resident Evil'' sequel will dominate

The ”Resident Evil” sequel will dominate. ”Apocalypse” will lay waste to a weak weekend

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Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil: Apocalypse

The September box office slump could be broken this weekend, thanks to the arrival of the video-game-inspired sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Two years ago, the first Resident Evil film opened to $17.7 million. With a high 2,800 theater count and nothing in the way of real competition, the sequel will easily claim the No. 1 spot with a debut of around $18 million.

Kim Basinger also returns to multiplexes this weekend with her new thriller Cellular. It?ll definitely be hurt by Resident Evil, however, and should see an opening in the $7 million range.

The rest of the top five should be filled out by last week?s three biggest grossers. Jet Li?s Hero will slip to $5 million, while Without A Paddle and Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid will each earn another $4 million. Okay, so maybe that slump isn?t COMPLETELY over just yet.