Ali Larter and Milla Jovovich in 'Resident Evil: Afterlife'

The box office was a wonderland for Alice, Milla Jovovich's zombie fighter, in 'Resident Evil: Afterlife.' In what was surely the least suspenseful box office contest of the year, the fourth 'Resident Evil' film easily grabbed the No. 1 spot on the chart with an opening estimated at $27.7 million, a record for the franchise.

Why so big? Could be the positive word of mouth. Could be the 3-D and IMAX surcharges. Or it could be that there were no other new wide-release movies this week. Still, the movie's take is even better than the $25 million or so that many pundits predicted.

'Takers' continues to impress, actually climbing one rung to second place in its third weekend of release. It earned another estimated $6.1 million, with the highest per-screen average ($2,784) of any wide-release movie except 'Resident Evil.' The heist drama has nabbed a total of $48.1 million to date.