'Evil Dead' slays US box office in debut
LOS ANGELES, USA - The reboot of the horror classic "Evil Dead" slayed its rivals in its opening weekend, topping the North American box office with US$26-M in ticket sales, industry estimates showed 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 US$21-M.
[The trailer of 'Evil Dead' (2013) is for mature audiences only. Watch it here.]
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 3rd place at US$20.5-M, 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.
Watch the trailer of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' here:
The 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1993 dinosaur classic "Jurassic Park" stomped back onto the big screen, raking in US$18.2-M in its opening weekend to earn 4th place.
"Tyler Perry's Temptation," a sultry thriller starring Vanessa Williams and Kim Kardashian, dropped from 3rd to 5th place with US$12-M.
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 6th place with US$9.5-M in box office receipts.
In 7th was Walt Disney's 3D fantasy adventure flick "Oz the Great and Powerful," which earned US$8.2-M in its 5th week in theaters, for a grand total of nearly US$213-M so far.
"The Host," an action-adventure film adapted from a novel by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, was in 8th place with US$5.5-M.
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 US$3.5-M.
The romantic comedy "Admission" starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd rounded out the top 10, earning US$2.1-M.
Final figures were due out Monday. - Rappler.com