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.

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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.