Resident Evil: The Final Chapter recently hit cinemas stateside after a successful opening in Japan, where it was released on December 23. The film didn’t have much of an impact this past Friday, where it was overshadowed by Shaymalan’s Split. However, Sony shouldn’t fret as the franchise is expected to pass $1 billion, mostly due to its success overseas. As of this Wednesday, the franchise has already made $954 million (via Deadline).
The Final Chapter has opened up in more Asian and Latin American markets as well this weekend. Internationally, the film will likely bring in the expected $30 million, for an $80 million worldwide total.
When speaking with Deadline, John Greenstein, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution at Sony Pictures said, “Resident Evil is an event film internationally… It’s been five years since the last film, and the global fanbase has been eagerly anticipating its return. Screen Gems has created the highest-grossing video game-based franchise of all time. We look forward to a strong rollout.”