"Resident Evil: Retribution" swims past "Finding Nemo"

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By Lisa Richwine and Andrea Burzynski

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Horror sequel "Resident Evil: Retribution" grabbed the top spot at the U.S. and Canadian box office over the weekend with $21.1 million, studio estimates released on Sunday showed.

A 3D version of Walt Disney Co cartoon "Finding Nemo" took the No. 2 spot in the U.S. and Canadian box-office charts with $17.5 million, Disney said.

Demon flick "The Possession" slipped to third place after two weeks at No. 1, ringing up sales of $5.8 million.

"Resident Evil: Retribution" is the fifth movie in a franchise that stars Milla Jovovich as heroine Alice in a battle against the Umbrella Corporation and its army of zombies.

Domestic sales were in line with distributor Sony's pre-weekend projection for the low- to mid-$20 million range.

In international markets, the film added $50 million, for a worldwide total of $71.1 million. It did particularly well in Asia.

Sony president of distribution Rory Bruer credited Jovovich for the continuing success of the "Resident Evil" franchise.

"Every country she goes, they (audiences) fall in love with her," he said. "The 3D and Imax elements complement the franchise in a certain way, but the big money is on Milla."   Continued...

Cast member Milla Jovovich speaks during a panel for "Resident Evil: Retribution" during the Comic Con International convention in San Diego, California July 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni