Meet Iain Thomas, the 36-year-old South African poet who is famous all over the world except in SA

Trevor Noah has pulled out at the last minute from hosting the MAMAs 2016, due to 'a severe upper respiratory infection'

Evil Dead slays box office in debut

2013-04-08 10:51
Los Angeles - The reboot of the horror classic Evil Dead slayed its rivals in its opening weekend, topping the North American box office with $26m in ticket sales, industry estimates showed on Sunday.

Evil Dead, a reinvention of Sam Raimi's cult 1981 film about a group of friends hunted by demons in the woods, bested stone-age cartoon The Croods, DreamWorks Animation's latest family crowd pleaser, which took in $21m.

Long-delayed sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation - an action film about a fantasy elite military unit starring Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis - dropped from first to third place at $20.5m, according to Exhibitor Relations.

Paramount had postponed the sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra from its original June release in order to add 3D effects.

The 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1993 dinosaur classic Jurassic Park stomped back onto the big screen, raking in $18.2m in its opening weekend to earn fourth place.

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer

Tyler Perry's Temptation, a sultry thriller starring Vanessa Williams and Kim Kardashian, dropped from third to fifth place with $12m.

Action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, a tale of terrorism in the US capital and a kidnapped president starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, fell to sixth place with $9.5m in box office receipts.

In seventh was Walt Disney's 3D fantasy adventure flick Oz the Great and Powerful, which earned $8.2m in its fifth week in theatres, for a grand total of nearly $213m so far.

The Host, an action-adventure film adapted from a novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, was in eighth place with $5.5m.

Ninth place went to The Call, a thriller starring Halle Berry as a 911 operator trying to rescue a young girl who has been abducted. It earned $3.5m.

The romantic comedy Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd rounded out the top 10, earning $2.1m.

Final figures were due out on Monday.

NEXT ON CHANNEL24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

Everything you need to know about the 4 new flicks releasing at the cinema this weekend. Read More »
Add your review

The opening scene of the movie Spectre shows James Bond chasing a bad guy through a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City. Read More »
Add your review

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.