The ‘Evil Dead’ Kills The Box Office

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Resurrected demons and resurrected dinosaurs are helping to put some life back into the weekend box office.

Sunday studio estimates put the demonic horror remake “Evil Dead” at No. 1 with a $26 million debut.

In a tight fight for second-place were two holdovers, the animated comedy “The Croods” and the action flick “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” both with an estimated $21.1 million. Final numbers Monday will sort out which movie comes out ahead.

Steven Spielberg’s 3-D debut of his dinosaur blockbuster “Jurassic Park” came in fourth with $18.2 million. That’s on top of the $357.1 million domestic haul for “Jurassic Park” in its initial run in 1993.

Released by Sony’s TriStar Pictures, “Evil Dead” added $4.5 million in 21 overseas markets, giving it a worldwide start of $30.5 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday:

1. “Evil Dead,” $80.3 million.

2. “The Croods,” $21.1 million.

3. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” $21.1 million.

4. “Jurassic Park,” $18.2 million.

5. “Olympus Has Fallen,” $10 million.

6. “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor,” $10 million.

7. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” $8.17 million.

8. “The Host,” $5.24 million.

9. “The Call,” $3.5 million.

10. “Admission,” $2.05 million.

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