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April 8, 2013

'Evil Dead' takes possession of box-office lead spot

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The new “Evil Dead” may not do particularly well internationally, however. The $17 million production — which Sony’s TriStar label and FilmDistrict acquired from Ghost House Pictures in 2011 — launched in 21 foreign markets this past weekend and collected just $4.5 million.

Although the reformatted “Jurassic Park” managed to attract moviegoers in solid numbers over the weekend, it doesn’t appear likely to match the success of a 3-D version of “The Lion King.” That animated film, released in late 2011, collected $94 million domestically — a figure no 3-D re-release since has come close to rivaling.

It was inexpensive for Universal Pictures to convert the 20-year-old classic to 3-D, however: The studio said the process cost about $10 million. Next summer, the studio will release “Jurassic Park 4” more than a decade after the franchise’s third entry hit theaters.

“I think this weekend result shows how beloved the franchise is,” said Nikki Rocco, president of domestic distribution for Universal. “The word of mouth and press response has been so terrific that I think it sets up the fourth film well.”

This weekend, the crowd for the film about an amusement park full of threatening dinosaurs was 55 percent male. Roughly 54 percent was older than 25.

Unlike a 3-D version of “Titanic,” which made $285 million overseas last year, the new “Jurassic Park” doesn’t seem poised to become an international hit. This past weekend, the film opened in seven foreign countries — including Russia and Australia — and sold just $3 million worth of tickets.

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