April 9, 2013 by Vinnie Leduc
After easily resisting Temptation and rejecting The Host in its opening weekend, G.I. Joe: Retaliation was shot down by the Evil Dead remake and narrowly missed a chance for a repeat win at the weekend domestic box office. Last week I expected that the G.I. Joe sequel, an honorable mention for one of our most anticipated movies of 2013 now armed with 3D after its last-minute delay last summer, would still have enough ammo to hold off newcomers Evil Dead and the 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jurassic Park.
The latter ultimately re-opened in a pretty close fourth place, but thanks to a strong marketing campaign, the horror remake managed to dismiss reigning champ Joe and runner-up The Croods, which took second and third places, respectively, with only about $200,000 separating them. Rounding out the top five, which you can check out below via BOM, was Antoine Fuqua’s White House shoot-’em-up thriller Olympus Has Fallen.
Disney fantasy adventure Oz the Great and Powerful, which has the biggest opening of 2013 so far and the third highest for any March weekend, finally dropped out of the top five for the first time this year.
Next weekend, Evil Dead will try to repeat against two new openers, Jackie Robinson biopic 42 and horror spoof sequel Scary Movie 5, which has already poked fun at Evil Dead in ads running currently on television.
- Evil Dead — Weekend Gross: $25.8 million — Total Gross: $25.8 million (new)
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation — Weekend Gross: $20.9 million — Total Gross: $86.4 million (#1 last week)
- The Croods — Weekend Gross: $20.7 million — Total Gross: $125.3 million (#2 last week)
- Jurassic Park — Weekend Gross: $18.6 million — Total Gross: $18.6 million (re-release), $375.7 million (total) (new)
- Olympus Has Fallen — Weekend Gross: $10.2 million — Total Gross: $71.2 million (#4 last week)