Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Where Evil Comes Home
The wildly popular horror/sci-fi Resident Evil movie franchise may be ending. The sixth, and potentially final, installment opens Friday, January 27, 2017 in US theaters.
One of the most financially successful movie franchises, the films have grossed over $916 million worldwide. Comprised of 6 films, the movies popularity has increased more overseas than in the US. This probably explains this movie’s Japanese debut last month, instead of here.
Fans can catch up with online video rentals. The only film currently streaming on Netflix is the 3rd film, Resident Evil: Extinction (2007). The production budget of $45 million was recouped in the US; moreover, it went on to gross $147 million worldwide. That places it 3rd in gross receipts, as well. The most profitable was the 4th film, Resident Evil: Afterlife, grossing $296 million worldwide. The 5th installment, Resident Evil: Retribution, was close behind with $240 million grossed worldwide. This is an immensely popular franchise!
For the “final” installment, Milla Jovovich returns as “Alice.” According to director Paul W.S. Anderson, Alice’s character comes full circle in this sequel. The movie returns to the original theme of the secret facility, dubbed “The Hive.” Set designs from 15 years ago had to be located to re-create the original film’s Berlin set in order to remain as consistent as possible. It will be up to the fans on whether the movie succeeded.
One of the film’s taglines is “The journey ends.” Anderson leaves open the possibility of another film, stating that there is much international demand for the franchise to continue.