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'Evil Dead' slays N. America box office in debut


The reboot of the horror classic "Evil Dead" slayed its rivals in its opening weekend, topping the North American box office with $25.8 million in ticket sales, industry figures showed Monday.

"Evil Dead," a reinvention of Sam Raimi's cult 1981 film about a group of friends hunted by demons in the woods, bested action sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" which made $20.9 million.

Stone-age cartoon "The Croods," DreamWorks Animation's latest family crowd pleaser, dropped to third spot with $20.7 million, according to tracking agency Exhibitor Relations.

The 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1993 dinosaur classic "Jurassic Park" stomped back onto the big screen, raking in $18.6 million in its opening weekend to earn fourth place.

Action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," a tale of terrorism and a kidnapped president in the US capital, starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, slipped one place to fifth with $10.2 million in box office receipts.

"Tyler Perry's Temptation," a sultry thriller starring Vanessa Williams and Kim Kardashian, dropped from third to sixth place with $10.1 million.

In seventh was Walt Disney's 3D fantasy adventure flick "Oz the Great and Powerful," which earned $8 million in its fifth week in theaters, for a grand total of nearly $213 million so far.

"The Host," an action-adventure film adapted from a novel by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, was in eighth place with $5.2 million.

Ninth place went to "The Call," a thriller starring Halle Berry as a 911 operator trying to rescue a young girl who has been abducted. It earned $3.5 million.

The romantic comedy "Admission" starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd rounded out the top 10, earning $1.9 million.