Milla Jovovich blasted her way to the top of the U.S. box office chart last weekend, as her zombie thriller Resident Evil: Extinction collected $24 million in ticket sales.
The third installment in the franchise was its best performer to date, topping the $23 million tally of its predecessor, 2004's Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
Sony Screen Gems hinted that more installments may be in the offing, although it billed this one as the last. "It absolutely would not surprise me considering the success of the franchise that they find a way to come up with another," said Sony head of distribution Rory Bruer.
Lionsgate's romantic comedy Good Luck Chuck starring Jessica Alba and Dane Cook debuted in second place with $14 million, despite nearly universal critical drubbing.
Brad Pitt's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Sean Penn's Into The Wild both opened strong in limited release.
Penn's fourth directorial effort, Into The Wild tells the real-life story of Christopher McCandless, whose two-year journey into the North American wilderness ended tragically in Alaska. It took in $206,596 in four theaters, averaging a healthy $51,649 per screen.
Brad Pitt's turn as the legendary Western outlaw collected $144,000 in five theaters, averaging $28,800 per screen.
Into The Wild expands to more screens starting September 28, while Jesse James goes into wider release on October 5.