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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Evil Dead remake tops US box office

Sam Raimi's remake of the 1983 horror Evil Dead has topped the US box office

Resurrected demons and dinosaurs have helped to put some life back into the weekend box office in the US.

The demonic horror remake Evil Dead debuted at number one, according to studio estimates, with a turnover of 26 million US dollars (.£17.1m)

In a tight fight for second-place were animated comedy The Croods and the action movie GI Joe: Retaliation, both with an estimated 21.1 million US dollars (£13.9m). Final figures will be released on Monday to work out which of the two movies came out ahead.

Steven Spielberg's 3-D debut of his dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park was fourth.

Released by Sony's TriStar Pictures, the Evil Dead remake was produced by the film-makers of the original 1983 version: director Sam Raimi and producer Rob Tapert, and its star, Bruce Campbell.

The new Evil Dead lays the gore on thickly for the story of a group of friends terrorised and possessed by demons during a trip to a cabin in the woods.

"It's one crazy ride, that movie. I have to think Sam Raimi is so proud in remaking this film that it turned out so well," said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony. "It's such a visceral ride, where you're holding on to your seat or holding on to the person next to you."

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