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'G.I. Joe,' 'Croods' tie for second place with $21.1 million

Fanboys fueled the weekend’s domestic box office as Sony’s Sam Raimi-produced “Evil Dead” remake collected top coin with an estimated $26 million. Meanwhile, Universal’s 3D conversion of “Jurassic Park” did well, nabbing an estimated $18.2 million, of which Imax contributed a record-setting 32% (or roughly $6 million).

Internationally, Sony launched “Evil Dead” at 21 markets where it earned $4.5 million; Russia contributed $1.6 million, followed closely by Spain, with $1.5 million. “Jurassic Park” also bowed day-and-date, making around $3 million from eight territories, the largest contributor being Russia with $1.4 million.

Domestic totals, which were up approximately 10% over this time last year, were helped by solid holdovers: Paramount-MGM’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods.” The pair tied for second place with an estimated $21.1 million each, though some rival studios give the edge to “G.I. Joe,” which fell just 48% in its second frame. “G.I. Joe” has cumed $86.7 million domestically; “Croods,” down a mere 21% this weekend, reached $125 million in three weeks.

Compared to other 3D conversions, “Jurassic Park” now has the third-largest opening behind “The Lion King” ($30 million) and “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” ($22 million). Imax was a considerable coup for “Jurassic” this weekend. The film, which was frontloaded because of fanboy turnout, actually saw a slight overall Friday-to-Saturday bump, thanks to a sizable 32% increase in Imax.

“It’s certainly not a one-night wonder,” said Universal distribution prexy Nikki Rocco. “To be up overall on Saturday was really an encouraging sign.”

“Jurassic Park” had 312 domestic Imax locations — just 11% of its total 2,771.

Not surprisingly, “Evil Dead” dropped 26% from opening day. Most horror films tend to do so, though this film also had considerable fanboy appeal. The film, which has received a 65% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, grossed 56% of its opening from men 25 and older. Pic received a poor C+ CinemaScore, however.

“That doesn’t align with how the movie has played,” admitted Sony distrib topper Rory Bruer. “Wherever we screened this film, the responses have been absolutely fantastic.”

At the specialty box office, Fox Searchlight bowed Danny Boyle’s mind trip “Trance” at two locations each in New York and Los Angeles. Pic averaged $34,000 per screen with a total estimated take of $136,000. FSL adds at most 400 theaters next weekend.

The weekend’s overseas top players were “G.I. Joe” and “Croods,” grossing $40.2 million and $34.1 million, respectively. South Korea rose in the ranks for “Joe,” becoming its top territory this weekend with $3.7 million, down just 38%, for a local cume of $11.2 million. Australia, meanwhile, contributed top coin for “Croods,” reporting $3.6 million with $11.9 million in two weeks locally.

“Croods” has cumed $206.8 million internationally and $332.6 million worldwide. “G.I. Joe” has reached $145.2 million overseas, for a global tally of $231.9 million.

Domestic

Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Locations; Per-theater average; Cume*; Percentage change

  1. Evil Dead (1): $26.0; 3,025; $8,595; $26.0; –
  2. The Croods (3): $21.1; 3,879; 5,440; $125.8; -21%
  3. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2): $21.1; 3,734; $5,651; $86.7; -48%
  4. Jurassic Park (3D re) (1): $18.2; 2,771; $6,585; $18.2; –
  5. Olympus Has Fallen (3): $10.0; 3,059; $3,283; $71.1; -29%
  6. Temptation (2): $10.0; 2,047; $4,885; $38.4; -54%
  7. Oz the Great and Powerful (5): $8.2; 2,905; $2,813; $212.8; -30%
  8. The Host (2): $5.2; 3,202; $1,636; $19.7; -51%
  9. The Call (4): $3.5; 2,002; $1,748; $45.5; -29%
  10. Admission (3): $2.1; 1,407; $1,460; $15.4; -36%

Overseas

Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Territories; Screens; Int’l cume*; Global cume*; Percentage change

  1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2): $40.2; 60; 9,220; $145.2; $231.9; -50%
  2. The Croods (3): $34.1; 62; 11,347; $206.8; $332.6; -35%
  3. Oz the Great and Powerful (5): $13.6; 56; n/a; $241.3; $454.1; -39%
  4. Jack the Giant Slayer (6): $10.9; 61; 7,100; $116.8; $179.3; -58%
  5. Identity Thief (9): $6.4; 27; 2,200; $25.8; $157.1; +19%

*in millions of $

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