Sony's Evil Dead remake lived up to expectations on Friday--and then some. With $11.9 million in the bank (including $1.8 million from late Thursday night shows), the revival of the cult classic compares well against Texas Chainsaw 3D's $10.23 million opening day back in January. Considering it did so without any previous franchise box office clout or 3D boost, that's a big win for the reborn R-rated franchise. Also impressive is that this opening day tops Mama's (which was rated PG-13) $10.1 million first day. BoxOffice.com is currently projecting a $27.5 million debut weekend for Evil Dead.
Meanwhile, the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park performed modestly as expected before release. The 20th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's classic raked in $7 million on Friday and is on track for an $18.5 million weekend. Considering this performance fell under both Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D's $8.6 million opening day and Titanic 3D's $7.1 million first Friday, it doesn't appear that Jurassic Park 3D will do much to change the trend of 3D re-releases coming to a halt.
The Croods is reported to have taken in another $6 million on Friday. We're projecting a $20.3 million third weekend for the animated hit.
Paramount reports that G.I. Joe: Retaliation took in $6.4 million on its second Friday, down 58.2 percent from opening day last week. The sequel has totaled $72 million through 8 days of domestic release--a decent performance, but noticeably off from The Rise of Cobra's $83.3 million eight-day haul in 2009.
Tyler Perry's Temptation rang up $3.4 million yesterday and now carries an 8-day gross of $31.8 million.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.