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'Evil Dead' Leads Friday Pack, 'Jurassic Park 3D' Stomps in Second

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood April 6, 2013 at 4:09PM

"The Evil Dead" opened well enough on Friday to make it a likely fifth horror-related film to make #1 in 2013. The twelve top-ranked horror flicks thus far have kept the year's to-date grosses from falling off more than they might have otherwise due to several underperforming costly would-be tentpoles.
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'The Evil Dead'
'The Evil Dead'

"The Evil Dead" opened well enough on Friday to make it a likely fifth horror-related film to make #1 in 2013.  The twelve top-ranked horror flicks thus far have kept the year's to-date grosses from falling off more than they might have otherwise due to several underperforming costly would-be tentpoles.

The Sony remake of Sam Raimi's classic cult 1980s gorefest should prove an easy #1 for the weekend. The combined Thursday night/Friday gross could be the high end of its performance, however. The total will be significantly above its production budget, and even if it falls fast the ultimate worldwide performance and post-theater appeal should make it a solid success.

In second place for the day was the 3-D relaunch of another blast from the past, "Jurassic Park." Its Friday gross looks to be about the same as that of "Titanic 3D" last year. Two key differences -- that reissue opened two days earlier, and it was the Good Friday holiday in 2012 --makes comparisons inexact. Universal heavily promoted this as though it were a first run, so these grosses look at best (before seeing how big the Saturday and Sunday matinee factor might help) somewhat ordinary.

Last week's #1, Paramount's "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" could fall to fourth for the weekend. Number three for Friday, it could fall behind DreamWorks Animation/Twentieth Century Fox's "The Croods" with matinees boosting the latter's position. Because "Retaliation" is playing much better internationally (a big improvement over the initial installment), it still has a chance to break even.

Two other second-week films -- "Temptation" and "The Host" -- both took major falls, reinforcing the early 2013 trend of most openers failing to show signs of multi-week success. The total take for the top ten was around $43 million for the day, down from last week's$53 million (which was boosted by the holiday) but only down slightly from a year ago, which also was Good Friday. The overall weekend though could end up slightly better than last year.

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, Box Office, The Croods, Evil Dead, G.I. Joe: Retaliation


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.