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Evil Dead tops US box office as Jurassic Park 3D also rakes it in

Evil Dead

Story by Jack Foley

HORROR remake Evil Dead has shot to the top of the US box office with a better-than-expected $26 million.

Fede Alvarez directed the reboot which marks the first not to be directed by Sam Raimi. It follows five friends who accidentally awaken a demonic presence while visiting a cabin in rural Massachusetts.

Commenting on the film’s strong performance, Sony president of domestic marekting Rory Bruer said: “Fede did an amazing job remaking this film. When you think you’ve seen it all, they bring in something new. The movie really is scary.”

Another returning film (although not a remake) also performed well over the weekend. Jurassic Park 3D took $18.2 million to place fourth. The figure represents one of the top openings for a 3D redo and beat Titanic 3D, which opened to $17.3 million.

The 3D re-release took place 20 years after the original dinosaur movie debuted and distributor Universal is using the film to prime audiences for Jurassic Park IV, which is due for release in June 2014, with Steven Spielberg producing.

Two holdover titles, The Croods and GI Joe: Retaliation claimed the second and third spots with $21.1 million each. So, final positions have yet to be confirmed.

The Croods became only the second film of 2013 to jump the $300 million mark globally (after Oz The Great & Powerful), while GI Joe raced past the $200 million mark in its second weekend of play at the global box office.

Terrorist thriller Olympus Has Fallen completed the US top five with $10.04 million.

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