Columbia TriStar’s remake of Evil Dead was propelled by a wave of positive reviews and promises of excessive gore to a strong opening day at the North American box office. Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park 3D also opening strong in second place, while last weekend’s champ G.I. Joe: Retaliation slipped to third.
Evil Dead bowed at 3,025 locations to the tune of $11.9 million during its first 24 hours of release. With a production budget estimated at only $17 million, the remake of Sam Raimi’s classic with Raimi and Bruce Campbell serving as producers will easily top $20 million through Sunday, which also happens to be more than the previous three Evil Dead films made at the box office combined during their theatrical runs. Somewhere between $25 and $30 million seems a safe bet for Evil Dead’s opening weekend.
Jurassic Park 3D drummed up $7 in million in business on Friday and could reach $20 million for the weekend. Ticket surcharges for 3D presentations are certainly help pad its numbers as Evil Dead doesn’t share the same luxury.
Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation slid to third with $6.4 million, though could pass Jurassic Park 3D by Sunday if dino business backs off. Thus far the sequel has earned $71.9 million domestically and a cool $153.2 million worldwide.
The Croods had the highest location count at over 3,800 but only climbed as high as fourth place with $6 million on Friday. The arrival of Jurassic Park 3D likely had something to do with that, but Fox isn’t complaining with the cumulative gross hitting $110.7 million and climbing.
Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor wrapped up the top five Friday with $3.4 million. With only $31.8 million through eight days, expect Temptation to make a quick exit from the top ten and speed off to Blu-ray and DVD.
Stop back tomorrow to see how close to $30 million Evil Dead was able to get, and whether the Joes were able to catch Jurassic Park 3D for second place.