By Adam B. Vary
Updated September 11, 2010 at 04:30 PM EDT

Image Credit: RafyResident Evil: Afterlife proved yesterday that there’s still plenty of life left in the zombie franchise, chomping down on $10.9 million at the Friday box office, according to early estimates. The 3-D film is on track for a three-day cume between $26 and $28 million (depending on how much of a drop it sees over the weekend), which would give it easily the most successful debut of the four Resident Evil films.

The race for second place was neck and neck between The American, which took in just under $1.8 million on Friday, and Takers, which banked $1.76 million. The former likely has the edge, with a three-day total nearing $5.75 million, while the latter could likely take in about $5.5 million for the weekend.

Fourth and fifth place are also too close to call: Machete saw a steep 65 percent drop from its debut last week, bringing in about $1.34 million and a total of close to $4.25 million. Going the Distance declined just 42 percent, with $1.3 million and a possible total nosing past $4.1 million.

Check back here tomorrow for the full box office report.