'Evil Dead' Claims the Box Office Throne


Jane Levy


The Federico Alvarez-directed film debuts atop the box office, forcing the last week's conqueror 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' to share the second place with 'The Croods'.

"Evil Dead" tops the North American box office in its opening week with $25.8 million. The remake of director Sam Raimi's demonic possession tale beats the previous champ "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", which won the top spot with $40.5 million last week.

Among horror remakes, the Jane Levy-starring thriller bags more on the opening weekend than "Texas Chainsaw 3D", which opened to $21.7 million in January, but less than "Mama", which earned $28.4 million in February. Receiving a "C+" from CinemaScore, it is predicted to wind up with around $50 million.

"Jurassic Park", the 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1993 film, ranks at No. 4 on its debut weekend. The dino-themed film, which takes in $18.6 million, has a better start than "Titanic", which debuted to $17.3 million last April. However, the Spielberg classic loses to "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", which opened with $22.4 million in February 2012.

"The Croods" about pre-historic family *is tied with the "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" sequel for the second place. The action sequel was off 48 percent from opening weekend, yet has earned $86.4 million through 11 days. Meanwhile, the prehistoric comedy has bagged $125.3 million since its debut on April 4 and has a chance at closing with over $200 million.

"Olympus Has Fallen" about the White House takeover by terrorists rounds up the top 5 with $10.2 million and has grossed $71.2 million.

1. "Evil Dead" - $25.8 million
2. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" - $20.9 million
3. "The Croods" - $20.6 million
4. "Jurassic Park" - $18.6 million
5. "Olympus Has Fallen" - $10.2 million
6. "Tyler Perry's Temptation" - $10.08 million
7. "Oz: The Great and Powerful" - $8.01 million
8. "The Host (2013)" - $5.2 million
9. "The Call" - $3.5 million
10. "Admission" - $1.9 million


*UPDATE (Apr. 9, 2013): When the final figures came out on Monday, April 8, "The Croods" bagged $20.6 million, while "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" took in $20.9 million. Hence, the animated comedy dropped to the third place, while the action movie secured the second place.

© AceShowbiz.com


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