Weekend box office: Evil Dead and Jurassic Park 3D do well
Congratulations America; you just gave around $25 million to a remake of a 32 year old film and another $20 million to a 3D conversion of a 20 year old film, making them #1 and #4 at the weekend box office. If you paid to see the EVIL DEAD remake or JURASSIC PARK 3D, then I want you to remember this weekend the next time you complain that there’s no originality in Hollywood anymore. If studios can make a cool $20 million converting their old films to 3D, then why in the world would any studio ever invest in a new, unique, original story idea? If I were head of a studio, I’d cancel every project I had in the queue, lay off half my staff and just go through my old library and start converting all of my old films to 3D. I’d be filthy rich and probably the most successful studio exec in LA. Meanwhile, Danny Boyle’s TRANCE (click the link to read our review) didn’t crack the top ten. On the bright side, you can probably start buying your tickets now for a 3D release of the other Jurassic Park films.
Next week should be an interesting weekend. We have the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 coming out and although baseball movies tend to do well, I think the lack of star power is going to hurt 42. We also have SCARY MOVIE 5, which…never mind, I’ve already gotten on one soapbox in this news story. And we have Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER, which I’m guessing won’t make the top ten. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Evil Dead $26m
2. G.I. Joe: Retaliation $20.7m
3. The Croods $20m
4. Jurassic Park 3D $18.7m
5. Tyler Perry’s Temptation $10.3m
6. Olympus Has Fallen $10.2m
7. Oz The Great and Powerful $8m
8. The Host $5.2m
9. The Call $3.4m
10. Admission $2m