BOX OFFICE REPORT "” April 5-7, 2013(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
1. Evil Dead ($26 million)2. G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($21.1 million)(tie) The Croods ($21.1 million)4. Jurassic Park 3D ($18.2 million)5. Olympus Has Fallen ($10 million)
I should never bet against horror, especially that of the ultra-violent variety. I mean, there were seven Saw movies and two Hostels. Whether a movie needs to be remade or not has never been the issue. That's why we've seen all the landmark horror films (Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street) get remade and lose any sense of what made the originals so special. And so another classic chiller has been redone with a younger, prettier cast with all the humor and weirdness removed, replaced with gallons upon gallons of gore.
But audiences seem to love that, so Evil Dead opened in first place with an estimated $26 million. That's actually down among recent horror remakes, but still better than bottom-feeders like My Bloody Valentine, Prom Night and When a Stranger Calls. This makes sense, as Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series has always had more of a cult following than iconic films featuring Michael Myers, Jason and Freddy Krueger.
Second place was locked in a dead heat between Retaliation's second weekend and The Croods third. The latter will likely be the winner since family movies tend to perform better on Sundays than any other type of film.
Jurassic Park 3D didn't do quite as well as I thought it would, but $18.2 million and fourth place is quite impressive for a 20-year-old movie on a very busy weekend. Plus, it already made a killing during its initial run. In 1993, it made $357 million and became the year's top-grossing movie. That's the equivalent of nearly $700 million today.
Outside the top 5: - Big weekend for the arthouse as well. Danny Boyle's mind-bending Trance won the weekend, averaging $34,000 on each of its four screens. It expands next weekend.- Shane Carruth's self-released low-budget sci-fi head-scratcher Upstream Color made $31,500 on its lone screen. He's only made one film before this, the Dallas-shot Primer, about two dudes who accidentally create a time machine. It's absolutely worth watching, and it's available on Netflix Instant. - Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines (my review will be up later this week) still managed to do impressive business in its first weekend of expansion, taking in $23,167 on each of its 30 screens. It's expected to go into wide release next weekend.
Next week: We'll be treated to another unsubtle, glossed-over biopic of athletes who had to overcome racism, that will somehow still manage to be inspirational. See also: The Express, Glory Road. I fully expect 42 to just be white players saying things like, "You don't belong here," before Jackie Robinson hits a bunch of home runs in a montage set to Jay-Z's "Brooklyn Go Hard." It will be the No. 1 movie with $18 million. There's also, uh, Scary Movie 5, which expects us to laugh at a Black Swan parody in 2013, and expects us to be interested when Anna Faris isn't even around. I'm predicting $9 million at best.