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Mania Box Office Report: Hail to the Dead Baby!

Dead and Dinosaurs Rule

By Robert T. Trate     April 08, 2013
Source: Box Office Mojo

The Evil Dead took the box office this weekend and the dinosaurs still ruled their island. I was wondering if a remake of film released 32 yeasr ago would have any steam at the box office. On that note, what about one released 20 years ago? I think the fans of the original Evil Dead came out for curiosity sake. More often than not we are let down by the remakes or reimagined classics. Was this a good weekend for you Evil Dead fans? Sound off below.

Ray Subers of Box Office Mojo attributes these factors to Evil Dead’s success. “This good opening is a tribute to strong execution all around from TriStar (a division of Sony) and FilmDistrict. In making the movie itself, they kept fans of the original in mind: Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell were producers, and the movie was made completely with practical effects (unlike, say, 2011's The Thing remake). Aside from communicating that information to fans, they also did specific outreach by holding well-received South by Southwest screenings. Finally, they reached general horror audiences with a scary, intense advertising campaign that included the bold tagline "The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience."

I wasn’t surprised that Jurassic Park 3D opened in the top 5. The film is hands down a classic. Mix throwing it back up on the big screen and in IMAX 3D to boot and it equals money. You can’t compare it to Star Wars Episode I in 3D. The main reason being, no one wanted to see that film up on the big screen again. 
















Evil Dead (2013)








G.I. Joe Retaliation








The Croods








Jurassic Park 3D








Olympus Has Fallen








Tyler Perry’s Temptation








Oz The Great and Powerful








The Host (2013)








The Call















Mania is gearing up for the summer and we are eagerly anticipating Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness. Until then we have the likes of Scary Movie V to contend with. Personally, I’ll travel out of my way to see Danny Boyle’s Trance


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Dazzler 4/8/2013 3:55:09 AM

Well hopefully this means no problems with Army of Darkness 2 finally. 

Walker 4/8/2013 6:49:29 AM

The Evil Dead remake was not particularly great.  By making the characters "believable", the movie required them to make even more stupid decisions to propel the plot forward.

With that said, I loved the use of make-up effects over CGI.  Hopefully this success will encourage more horror movies to adopt that approach.

Wiseguy 4/8/2013 8:14:50 AM

Enjoyed ED even more than the originals which I watched last week and have lost most of what little appeal they held for me

JP in 3D was also a good time. I liked the 3D treatment, it wasn't as muted as Star Wars'. If you're going 3D don't hold back, make it pop the entire film.

Happy to see these 3D re-issues making money. Hoping for a Matrix and Blade Runner 3D


Wiseguy 4/8/2013 8:19:09 AM

For the first time I watched a Tyler Perry film, the ol' lady was set on seeing Temptation. And it came across as a wasted oppotunity with a clumsy twist and poorly written.

Btw don't anyone, EVER, cast Kim Kardashian again for anything, EVER!

Wiseguy 4/8/2013 8:21:36 AM

I guess I'll do some spring cleaning next weekend since nothing really interests me. Maybe just maybe I may check out Trance

redhairs99 4/8/2013 8:22:34 AM

My thoughts on the Evil Dead remake have been pretty well laid out on here if you've read Shock-o-Rama or any of the other reviews/interviews on here since Tuesday last week.  Still disappointed in how much I dislaiked the remake.  Although, hopefully, this nice little opening for the flick will get Sam and Ivan's butt's kicked into gear to writing Army of Darkness 2 this summer, so we can have a "real" Evil Dead pic again.

fallensbane 4/8/2013 10:48:05 AM

Enjoyed the remake quite a bit, which is not something I can always say about these revisited franchises. Glad it took the top spot for the weekend. Ended up rewatching Evil Dead 1-2 the night after for comparison since its been awhile. I do like alot of the differences between the two. I am definately down for another Evil Dead by the same director. But yeah, lets bring on Army of Darkness 2 already also!

SarcasticCaveman 4/8/2013 6:02:59 PM

 Gonna try this again.  The title of this article just had me trying to stiffle insane laughter.  "Hail to the Dead Baby".  Commas matter, people.

decepticons2 4/8/2013 8:37:22 PM

Was the real make up over cgi better? Also how did this affect the cost. I am a little weird, not a huge Evil Dead fan. But I love Army of Darkness.

redhairs99 4/9/2013 7:12:05 AM

 Decepticons2, real practical effects are cheaper than CGI.  Mostly practical effects were used for this Evil Dead Remake and then enchanced with some CGI in post.  As you can see, the budget was only $17 million.  Probably would have doubled for all CGI fx.

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