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Evil Dead rises again with $32 million US box-office stake

Resurrected demons and dinosaurs are helping to put some life back into the weekend box office.
The Straits Times - April 10, 2013
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Evil Dead rises again with $32 million US box-office stake

Resurrected demons and dinosaurs are helping to put some life back into the weekend box office.

The demonic horror remake Evil Dead debuted at No. 1 with US$26 million (S$32.3 million), according to studio estimates on Sunday.

In a tight fight for second-place were two holdovers, the animated comedy The Croods and the action movie G.I. Joe: Retaliation, both with an estimated US$21.1 million. Final numbers on Monday will sort out which movie comes out ahead.

Steven Spielberg's 3-D debut of his dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park came in fourth with US$18.2 million. That's on top of the US$357.1 million domestic haul for Jurassic Park in its initial run in 1993.

Released by Sony's TriStar Pictures, Evil Dead added US$4.5 million in 21 overseas markets, giving it a worldwide start of US$30.5 million. Shot on a modest budget of US$17 million, the movie is well on its way to turning a profit.

The remake was produced by the 1983 original's filmmakers, director Sam Raimi and producer Rob Tapert, and its star, Bruce Campbell. The new Evil Dead lays the gore on thickly for the story of a group of friends terrorised and possessed by demons during a trip to a cabin in the woods.

"It's one crazy ride, that movie. I have to think Sam Raimi is so proud in remaking this film that it turned out so well," said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony. "It's such a visceral ride, where you're holding on to your seat or holding on to the person next to you."

Paramount's G.I. Joe sequel, which had been No. 1 the previous weekend, pushed its domestic total to US$86.7 million. The movie also added US$40.2 million overseas for an international haul of US$145.2 million and a worldwide take of US$232 million.

The Croods, a DreamWorks Animation release distributed by 20th Century Fox, raised its domestic total to US$125.8 million after three weekends. Overseas, the movie did an additional US$34.1 million to lift its international total to US$206.8 million and its worldwide receipts to US$333 million.

Universal Pictures' Jurassic Park reissue opened in a similar range of other recent blockbuster 3-D releases such as Titanic (US$17.3 million) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (US$22.4 million).

None of the new movies or holdovers came close to the domestic business being done a year ago by The Hunger Games, which led over the same weekend in 2012 with US$33.1 million in its third weekend. But collectively, Hollywood had a winning lineup of movies that gave revenues a lift from last year.

Domestic receipts totalled US$134 million, up 8.5 per cent from the first weekend of April a year ago, according to box-office tracker That uptick comes after three-straight weekends of declining revenue and a quiet first quarter in which domestic business has totalled US$2.47 billion, down 11.4 per cent from the same point in 2012.

Hollywood set a record with US$10.8 billion domestically last year, and 2013's releases so far have been unable to match up. Studios are counting on a strong start to the summer season as Iron Man 3 arrives the first weekend in May and such sequels as Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Hangover Part III and Fast & Furious 6 quickly follow.

"When you have a record box-office year like we did in 2012, every weekend in 2013 is becoming a challenge to best or even equal what we did the year before," said analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "The summer movie season can't come a moment too soon. We definitely need it." Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theatres, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1. Evil Dead, US$26 million (US$4.5 million international).

2 (tie). The Croods, US$21.1 million (US$34.1 million international).

2 (tie). G.I. Joe: Retaliation, US$21.1 million (US$40.2 million international).

4. Jurassic Park in 3-D, US$18.2 million (US$3 million international).

5. Olympus Has Fallen, US$10.04 million.

6. Tyler Perry's Temptation, US$10 million.

7. Oz the Great and Powerful, US$8.2 million (US$13.6 million international).

8. The Host, US$5.2 million (US$3.5 million international).

9. The Call, US$3.5 million.

10. Admission, US$2.1 million.

--- Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theatres (excluding the US and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:

1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation, US$40.2 million.

2. The Croods, US$34.1 million.

3. Oz The Great And Powerful, US$13.6 million.

4. Jack the Giant Slayer, US$10.9 million.

5. Identity Thief, US$6.4 million.

6. Evil Dead, US$4.5 million.

7. Dragon Ball Z: Kami To Kami, US$4.4 million.

8. Running Man, US$3.7 million.

9. The Host, US$3.5 million.

10. Wreck-It Ralph, US$3.4 million.



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