Head to Head: ‘Underworld’ vs. ‘Resident Evil’

Jonathan Crow
Movie Talk

The first teaser for the latest "Resident Evil" movie premiered right on Yahoo! Movies just as "Underworld: Awakenings" hit the nation's megaplexes. For those of you who haven't been paying attention, "Resident Evil" is about a woman in a skin-tight outfit who likes to shoot things. And "Underworld" is about a woman in a skin-tight outfit who ... likes to shoot things. We decided to compare the two surprisingly profitable franchises head to head:


Franchise: "Underworld"

Number of movies: 4

Year of first movie: 2003

Setting: A virus throws the world into a desperate, seemingly endless war of good against evil.

Main character: Selene, a vampire warrior partial to big guns, flying roundhouse kicks in slow motion, and skin-tight outfits. She's hell-bent on fighting against (and sometimes with) the lycans (aka werewolves).

Mythical creatures?: Yes, vampires and werewolves.

Main character cryogenically frozen?: Yes

Lead actress: Kate Beckinsale

Series creator: Len Wiseman

Series creator's relationship with lead actress: Spouse

Total domestic gross as of January 19: $160,091,880

Studio: Screen Gems

Number of Oscar nominations: 0

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Franchise: "Resident Evil"

Number of movies: 4 (with number 5 coming out in September 2012)

Year of first movie: 2002

Setting: A virus throws the world into a desperate, seemingly endless war of good against evil.

Main character: Alice, a genetically enhanced warrior partial to big guns, flying roundhouse kicks in slow motion, and skin-tight outfits. She's hell-bent on taking down the evil Umbrella Corp. along with any zombie that stands in her way.

Mythical creatures?: Yes, an increasingly freakish-looking array of zombies.

Main character cryogenically frozen?: Yes

Lead actress: Milla Jovovich

Series creator: Paul W.S. Anderson

Series creator's relationship with lead actress: Spouse

Total domestic gross: $202,098,407

Studio: Screen Gems

Number of Oscar nominations: 0

Winner: Looks like a tie to me.

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