It's a blast from the past at this week's box office, as two familiar titles once again pop up in the top 10.
In at number 1 this weekend is Evil Dead (read our review) with $26 million. Fede Alvarez's remake stuck to the basics – a little camp and a lot of gore – and that appears to have been a winning formula.
The film was made for only $17 million, likely because it has no big name stars to speak of, which makes it a winner already. Hopefully, the success of this Evil Dead will help get Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness 2 going.
We have a rare tie at number 2, with early estimates reporting that both G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Croods made $21.1 million over the weekend. For G.I. Joe, $21 million brings its current domestic total up to $86 million. Even though the film didn't fare too well with critics, it's still making a strong case for a G.I. Joe 3.
$21 million for The Croods brings its total up to $125 million. Now in its third week of release, the animated film isn't showing any sign of letting up, as it continues to post strong box office numbers.
Cue the music.... Coming in at number 4 is Jurassic Park 3D (read our review) with $18 million. We all know that Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster is fantastic, but the real question was how audiences would respond to the 3D post conversion.
For comparison, Jurassic Park's $18 million opening puts it directly in the middle as far as live-action 3D re-releases – behind Star Wars Episode 1 ($22 million) but ahead of Titanic ($17 million). Fun fact: even with the 3D and IMAX surcharges, Jurassic Park 3D couldn't hold a candle to JP's $43 million opening back in 1993. Jurassic Park 4, however, could bring in a lot of movie.
Coming in at number 6 is Tyler Perry's Temptation with $10 million even. The film is now up to $38 million even though it dropped over 50% from last week.
Oz the Great and Powerful – the reigning 2013 box office champion – is the number 7 film this weekend with $8 million. Over its 5 weeks of release the film has earned a whopping $212 million, and is over $450 million worldwide. Disney is likely very happy right about now.
In at number 8 is The Host with $5 million, which brings its two-week total up to only $19 million. We apologize to anyone hoping this would be the second coming of Twilight, that's just not going to happen.
The Call holds strong in the number 9 spot with $3 million. Halle Berry's 911 thriller has far exceeded expectations with a $45 million domestic gross over 4 weeks.
Rounding out the top 10 is Admission with $2 million. The Paul Rudd and Tina Fay comedy has made only $15 million over 3 weeks, and will likely drop out of the top 10 next weekend.
Outside the top 10 several indie films opened in limited release including Robert Redford's The Company You Keep ($146,000 on 5 screens), Danny Boyle's Trance ($136,000 on 4 screens), and Upstream Color ($31,500 on 1 screen). The Place Beyond the Pines also expanded to 30 screens this weekend and pulled in $695,000 for a $23,167 per-screen average.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released Monday, April 8th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo