Old blood in new bottles sated the taste of thirsty moviegoers, as Evil Dead, a remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult gore item, won the weekend with $26 million at the North American box office, according to preliminary studio estimates. That figure, the best this year for an R-rated horror film, humbled the reissue in 3-D of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park, which took in $18.2 million to finish fourth. In the battle for second place, the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the — glory be! — original cartoon feature The Croods both initially reported $21.1 million for the weekend. Final figures are posted Monday afternoon.
[UPDATE: According to Monday’s “actual” grosses, Evil Dead earned $25.8 million and Jurassic Park a stronger-than-estimated $18.6 million. G.I. Joe Retaliation registered $20.875 million to edge out The Croods ($20.652 million) for second place.]
The total revenue for the weekend…
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