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Last Updated: Monday, 13 September, 2004, 08:17 GMT 09:17 UK
Zombie sequel tops US box office
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Jovovich reprises the role of Alice in Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Zombie sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse has gone straight to the top of the North American box office chart.

Starring Milla Jovovich, the follow-up to 2002's Resident Evil took $23.7m (13.2m) in its opening weekend, knocking Hero from the number one slot.

Thriller Cellular opened at number two, taking $10.6m (5.9m), said industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The comedy Without a Paddle, featuring Burt Reynolds, was in third place, collecting $4.5m (2.5m).

1. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
2. Cellular
3. Without a Paddle
4. Hero
5. Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Source: Exhibitor Relations

Resident Evil: Apocalypse is the second film to be based upon the popular video game series.

Jovovich's character Alice must fight against zombies and evil businessmen in a bid to escape from the doomed Raccoon City.

Its success follows the two films based upon the Tomb Raider video game series, which starred Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.

The US box office top 10 also featured Vanity Fair in seventh place and Tom Cruise film Collateral at number eight.

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