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

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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.

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