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Sony's remake of "Evil Dead" performed better than expected, but fell just below the best horror film opening of the year. "Evil Dead" took #1 for the weekend, a position Paramount hoped to retain for its expensive "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." That film is a global hit, but is fighting for the #2 spot with Dreamworks Animation's "The Croods." The 3-D rerelease of "Jurassic Park"  did adequate business, although its future is also in international markets. With nothing else new this week, most other holdovers surpassed expectations, with both "Olympus Has Fallen," "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and "The Call" joining "The Croods" in dropping 30% or less, very strong holds. This helped lead to an overall top 10 gross of about $126 million, up from last year's $115, though down from $137 last week (which benefited from a much stronger #1 film gross). 1. Evil Dead (Sony) New - Cinemascore: C-; Criticwire Grade: B; Metacritic score: 58 $26,000,000 in 3,025 theaters; PSA (per screen. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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