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[Box Office] ‘Evil Dead’ Makes Its Own History, ‘Scary Movie 5’ Sorta Flops

Back in 2006 Scary Movie 4 took in a disgusting $40M in its opening weekend for Dimension Films. Either audiences have learned their lesson, or they have horror spoof fatigue after A Haunted House earlier this year – but either way, Scary Movie 5 failed to perform this weekend opening at the number 2 spot with an estimated $15,153,000 at 3,402 locations.

What’s more depressing is the -63.1% drop for Evil Dead, which landed $9.5M in the fifth spot. Still, the $41.5M total more than doubles the original trilogy’s gross! With a production budget of $17M, there’s no reason a sequel to the Fede Alvarez-directed remake shouldn’t still be in the cards. Expect a quick turnaround on that – and for studios to lighten up a bit on potential R-rated projects.

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  • Now that the hype has died down, let’s be real here: Evil Dead sucked. Not surprised by its box office drop. The Scary Movie franchise was doomed from the second one. Aside from Spring Breakers, when are we going to get a movie that makes us go, wow, that’s a great movie!

    • TwistedCritic

      I thought the killer was the best character in the first Scary Movie, which is why the sequels started to lose me. That and the fact that they got broader and broader with each movie. But the problems did start with the second one, right from the beginning when they beat a dead horse by spoofing The Exorcist.

      • DisturbedPixie

        I thought basically the only good thing about Scary Movie 2 was the first scene spoofing the Exorcist. I laughed my ass off when the pea soup started flying.

        But of course the worse was when they first started spoofing other genres and kept calling it Scary Movie. Even the Matrix joke in the first one bothered me, and then they go on to create all those others like Epic Movie and it’s not even about blockbusters like Matrix as much as it’s about what celebrity is the craziest in the last couple years. Stick to a subject you unfunny ADHD suffering talentless hacks.

        And to me, Evil Dead is one of those well made re-adaptions that bring something new to the table, even though its the 4th film with the same basic story. I loved that the changed the whole scenario to start dark and hopeless and just keep getting worse instead of going from party to hell. To me that is starting to get cliche. Sometimes your world isn’t turned upside down… sometimes it’s a crapfest that keeps getting worse.

    • zombieinformer

      Lets be real: Evil Dead was amazing. Not sure what you were expecting but if you were a fan of the original films I really can’t see how you wouldn’t love the re-adaption.

  • Golic

    Evil Dead was fucking great, I loved it! I’ve seen it twice already, and I’m the kind of guy who typically won’t go to the theater no matter what’s playing! Bring on the sequel!

    • staindFAN

      Hell yes! I have seen it twice as well.

  • Kroork

    I totally LOVED EVIL DEAD!!!

    100% one of my favorite movies if all time.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Wow, that’s kind of depressing for Evil Dead. Still loved the movie, though, and it was a great remake/sequel (I guess?) IMO. BUT it’s not something that’s going to appeal to everyone. Really extreme violence and gore, a woman vomiting blood on to someone else, vine rape, and torture-esque scenes? Evil Dead films will have a very niche audience, and you can’t expect a film like that to have homerun type box office numbers. It’s not going to happen.

    Sort of disgusted by Scary Movie 5 being at #2. $15 mil. is too much for that piece of shit, and I can’t believe we’re in 2013, and people STILL care about Scary Movie films. Ugh, this almost guarantees a Scary Movie 6, in theaters or straight-to-video. And Scary Movie 5 pushing the spoofing for Evil Dead over the past few weeks really annoyed the shit out of me.

  • RedDeadAsh2

    51,500,000 actually, counting the 10,000,000 worldwide. Don’t know if this will hit 100,000,000… but it’s gonna be close. Now f you’ll excuse me, I have to make good use of my theater gift certificate… by going to see Evil Dead again.

    • weresmurf

      It’s possible. It still hasn’t opened in roughly half its markets yet.

  • ttop33

    I don’t know if a sequel is guaranteed. Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm St. did well at the box office but didn’t get sequels.

    • staindFAN

      Blame Platinum Dunes for no sequels.

      • ttop33

        I do, but the studios probably know the money is in the remake, not sequels to the remake.

  • divisionbell

    Hopefully there’s a sequel. Evil Dead was excellent and was even better on the second viewing.

  • itsnickkarcher

    Call me crazy, but I loved Scary Movie 5. Stupid jokes but some of them were quite funny. I didn’t go to it expecting much and I didn’t take it too seriously.

    Also, the drop for Evil Dead should’ve been expected. It’s not that bad of a drop compared to Texas Chainsaw 3D’s which got the same cinema score (I think that’s what it’s called) from users but anything with a C+ will suffer a sizable drop.

    I think chances of a sequel are looking good for Evil Dead cause it’s already grossed 40+ million. Most were expecting it to close with around that much. And I think Scary Move 5 had a decent opening. Most people weren’t too sure how it’d be without Cindy and Brenda. I think it was better than four but not as good as three. Definitely nowhere near as good as 1 & 2.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Evil Dead was so amazing. I’ve been wanting to see it again.

  • dlevesqu

    Evil Dead cost $17 mil and will likely make $55-60 mil in the US alone. Friday the 13th and NOES made more, but they also cost much more and would be a lot more expensive to make sequels for. Alvarez already has the story for ED2. It’ll happen.

  • Necrogeddon666

    Evil Dead 2:D

  • xxEnOxx

    I agree with those on the AWESOMENESS of the new ED. For die hard fans, I think it exceeded the expectation. What I feel the new version did very well is introduce those unfamiliar with the story to something new and fresh while still holding true much of the story lines from the original.

    I for one am looking forward to what EDII has in store.

  • bambi_lives8980

    Man I totally called that Evil Dead would totally drop off by the second weekend. Shit though the fact that it’s even still made a million bucks is reason enough to keep it going. So overall I’d say it did very well. $17 mil budget, maybe 5 or so for promotion (give or take) and $51 million take worldwide, yea that’s a hit. And I think it pretty much deserves it, obviously it’s not as good or anything near as good the first three, but then again I’m not comparing. If you go in not expecting another classic like the old ones you’re in for a trip.

  • zombieinformer

    Fucking loved Evil Dead. Can’t say im surprised by some of the negative reviews its receiving though, it is not for everyone. Its a horror movie for die hard horror movie fans, and I loved that.

  • bdwolfe312

    Remember when the remakes for F13 and NOES both had sequels greenlit on the week after their release, but never came to fruition after the films dropped dramatically on weekend 2? Yeah, I’m not holding my breath on any future Evil Deads anytime soon…

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