'Evil Dead' Tops Box Office, but Fails to Impress Audiences

Meanwhile Upstream Color is big in one New York theater

Evil Dead box office resultsThe #1 film in America is the Evil Dead remake, but it clearly hit a few snags after a strong $11.9 million opening on Friday. The film failed to impress opening night audiences, scoring a C+ CinemaScore, resulting in a 26% drop from Friday to Saturday and an overall $26 million weekend. With a $17 million budget this isn't exactly danger territory, but if there are still plans for more films in the franchise then perhaps there is cause for concern.

In second place was G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which added an additional $21.1 million to its total including another $40.2m overseas, bringing its worldwide tally to over $231 million.

The only other film opening in wide release this weekend was the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park, which brought in $18.2 million.

Looking over Laremy's predictions from Thursday, he overshot the Evil Dead results by $6 million, but had audiences liked it a bit more he may have been spot on. His Jurassic Park prediction was only a million shy. Where he was a little wider off was with the holdovers, underselling both G.I. Joe and The Croods by $5 million.

In the reader predictions, coltonhaynes22 almost nailed Evil Dead's result with a $25.5 million prediction and the predictions surrounding Jurassic Park 3D were, for the most part, quite similar though G-Man came through closest with an $18 million prediction.

In other news, Shane Caruth's Upstream Color, which the multi-hyphenate is self-releasing, brought in an estimated $31,500 from one theater this weekend and also set a pre-sale record for any film opening on one screen at New York's IFC Center. The film will open in select markets next weekend, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Boston and Toronto, before expanding to the top 50 markets on April 19.

The best per theater average of the weekend, however, belongs to Danny Boyle's Trance, which played in four theaters and brought in $136,000 for a $34,025 per theater average. Trance goes wide next weekend.

Additionally, Robert Redford's The Company You Keep brought in $146,000 from five theaters, The Place Beyond the Pines added 26 theaters to a total of 30 and brought in $695,040 and The Sapphires continues rather strong in limited release (60 theaters) and brought in an additional $322,000.

Based on the day-to-day performance of Evil Dead, its holdover possibilities seem weak as next weekend sees 42 and Scary Movie 5 coming to theaters alongside limited releases of Disconnect, Antiviral and Terrence Malick's To the Wonder.

The weekend top ten is listed directly below and you can click here to compare the weekend numbers to Laremy's predictions.

Weekend Box-Office Top Ten for April 5 - April 7, 2013

  1. Evil Dead was #1 at the box-office
  2. G.I. Joe: Retaliation () - $20.8 million ($86.4m cume)
    From 3,734 theaters ($5,570 avg.) / $130 million budget / 28%
  3. The Croods () - $20.6 million ($125.3m cume)
    From 3,879 theaters ($5,311 avg.) / $135 million budget / 69%
  4. Jurassic Park () - $18.6 million
    From 2,771 theaters ($6,712 avg.) / 87%
  5. Olympus Has Fallen () - $10.1 million ($71.2m cume)
    From 3,059 theaters ($3,302 avg.) / $70 million budget / 47%
  6. Tyler Perry's Temptation () - $10 million ($38.4m cume)
    From 2,047 theaters ($4,885 avg.)
  7. Oz the Great and Powerful () - $8 million ($212.6m cume)
    From 2,905 theaters ($2,754 avg.) / $215 million budget / 60%
  8. The Host () - $5.1 million ($19.6m cume)
    From 3,202 theaters ($1,593 avg.) / $40 million budget
  9. The Call () - $3.5 million ($45.4m cume)
    From 2,002 theaters ($1,748 avg.) / $13 million budget / 41%
  10. The Call () - $3.5 million ($45.4m cume)
    From 2,002 theaters ($1,748 avg.) / $13 million budget / 41%
Click here to browse our box-office charts and compare Laremy's predictions
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  • http://letterboxd.com/austin/ Austin G.

    42 will win next week with $20-$25 million and Scary Movie 5 will most likely bomb. And it's a shame that audiences didn't like Evil Dead. I thought it was a lot of fun.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris/ Chris

    I've been to the theaters once this year and I have been desperately waiting for a watchable film to come out. This is one of the worst first quarters of the year in years. Thank god 42 comes out thus week, but with this early release I'll wait till the reviews come out to see if I want to spend $10 to see it. Disappointing year thus far.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    That's sad. I enjoyed Evil Dead, and the prospect of a sequel with Ash is entertaining

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    The one stat about baseball films is that I believe I read sometime on Box Office Mojo that no baseball film has ever broken $20 million on an opening weekend (Moneyball almost did but still came up short) so '42' could take top spot next week but I would think with teens size debut only.

    I think the Scary Movie franchise 'should' be played out by now but then again the spoof genre itself can often throw out surprise hits. It could also legitimately content for top spot next week itself but with a much wider range of possible outcomes from low to high.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/GhostfaceScreamer/ Josh Batchelder

    I absolutely LOVED the film, and I don't really see this as alarming at all. I think a large number of the people who disliked the movie were probably dragged there by their significant others or were "grossed out" by all the gore. The movie has had a wildly enthusiastic response on most horror websites and almost everywhere where fans can rate (last time I checked, it had an 81% approval rating on rottentomatoes).

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/High5Freddie/ High5Freddie

      Hmm... let's see. I don't have a significant other to drag me to... well... anywhere & I assure you that I just can't get enough of the "strong bloody violence & gore" depicted into today's day & age of horror cinema. But somehow I still managed to leave the theater rather unimpressed by the overall outcome... & this coming from an avid fan of "Blood 'n' Guts Galore!" as well as the first two entries in the franchise. So... where does that leave me?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/GhostfaceScreamer/ Josh Batchelder

        I would say you were in the vast minority.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/High5Freddie/ High5Freddie

          Fair enough.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JeremyBaril/ JeremyBaril

    I wonder how much the marketing calling it the "scariest movie ever" hurt it's CinemaScore due to expectations.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    I can't believe Burt Wonderstone bombed so badly and is already out of the top 10, especially with the half-decent word of mouth it got when it was released in March. I'm also quite surprised about how low Evil Dead is, I thought it would be a massive success for sure. I'm also pretty surprised about Jurassic Park getting into the top 5, I thought it would do low numbers like a lot of the other 3D re-releases have been starting to do. As for next weekend, I think either 42 or Scary Movie 5 will win.

    • Adam James

      Evil Dead's opening is pretty solid for a horror remake... Right even with the openings of the remakes of "Dawn of the Dead" and "Halloween". The highest any of them have opened was $40m for the remake of Friday the 13th, and the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street came in at just under $33m.

      The "Evil Dead" franchise has always been beloved by horror fans, but not well known to general audiences, so I'd say its a solid opening. The question is whether it'll have any legs or be like "Friday the 13th" and fail to even double its opening total over its entire run.

  • Adam James

    A large chunk of modern horror audiences seem to loathe any horror movie that doesn't play it absolutely straight. I haven't seen the new Evil Dead yet, but if it is at all in the spirit of the originals then there should be a playfulness to it that goes against the tastes that fans of brutal and bleak experiences have come to expect.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Beautifulm/ Beautifulm

      It's really not in the spirit of the originasl though. It was ok, not remotely scary, just a bunch of gore.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheMovieGuru/ The Movie Guru

    For next weekend, I'm thinking that 42 is going to edge out and win but Scary Movie and The Croods will come close.

    1. 42- $18 million
    2. Scary Movie 5- $17 million
    3. The Croods- $16 million
    4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation- $13 million
    5. Evil Dead- $11 million

    The Place Beyond the Pines could break out in a wider release and Trance could do some damage as well. The VOD thing is going to kill To The Wonder's theatrical grosses just like it did to the fantastic Room 237.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/deadshotfilms/ anthony caban

    next weekend,42 will win next weeknd but i dont know about Scary Movie 5 i have a bad feeling about that movie.
    1.42 - $24 million
    2.Scary Movie 5 - $15 million
    3.G.I. Joe 2 $10 million

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hrtn4Sqrtn/ Hrtn4Sqrtn

    I enjoyed Evil Dead, not really scary, but had some cringe inducing gore scenes. If they bring back Ash for the sequel well that would be......GROOVY.

    /rubs hand on taint...sniffs hand furiously.