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RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION tops weekend box office as THE MASTER breaks record per screen

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Weinstein Co's The Master stole the limelight this weekend, grossing the highest per-screen average ever with $145,949, and topping previous record holder Moonrise Kingdom which had a per-theater average of $130,749. The Paul Thomas Anderson film opened in 5 theaters, grossing $728,745, with a cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.

Resident Evil: Retribution 3D posted $21.1 million from 3,012 theaters, averaging $7,005 per-screen. $3 million of that total coming from IMAX showings domestically, while total worldwide IMAX coin for the Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez and Oded Fehr sci-fi actioner is over $6.1 million. 48% of viewers caught the 3D version, while 34% saw it in 2D.

In second place, Disney's 3D reincarnation of Finding Nemo added a decent $17.5 million from 2,904 theaters, at an average of $6,028 per screen.

Lionsgate's horror The Possession showed a 38% change in its third weekend at play, earning $5.8 million in third place. Total domestic cume is at $41 million for the Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis and Madison Davenport starrer.

Weinstein's Lawless crime drama led by Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy managed fourth position with $4.2 million ahead of animated Focus Features release ParaNorman with $3.03 million.

Other indie openers this weekend included Millennium Entertainment's Stolen starring Nicolas Cage, Malin Akerman and Danny Huston, which made $203,686 from 141 theaters. Down the chart was Anchor Bay Films' 10 Years comedy romance/drama starring Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson, making $23,326 from 3 locations.

Year-to-date revenue us at $7.803 billion vs. 2011's $7.57 billion, up by 2.97% while attendance is up by 1.81%. The top film at the same time last year was Disney's The Lion King re-released in 3D as Nemo was, which opened with $30.1 million from 2,330 theaters.

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