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"Evil Dead" Tops Weekend Box Office

By Dan Carroll - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:20PM

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Sony's horror picture beat out competition from Paramount and 20th Century Fox

In its debut weekend, Sony's (SONY -0.71%) horror film Evil Dead ranked as the top-grossing film at the domestic box office with sales of $26 million.

The movie, a reboot of the classic Evil Dead franchise, pulled in an additional $4.5 million internationally to record more than $30 million in sales in its first weekend in theaters, according to data from media measurement firm Rentrak.

The film managed to beat out stiff competition for the top domestic spot. Action film G.I. Joe: Retaliation, distributed by Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) subsidiary Paramount Pictures, tied for second domestically with the animated film The Croods; each film recorded $21.1 million in weekend revenues. It was The Croods' third week and G.I. Joe's second.

G.I. Joe topped the worldwide box office this past weekend, recording more than $61 million across the globe, while The Croods, distributed by News Corp. (FOX) subsidiary 20th Century Fox, managed a close second worldwide with $55 million in sales.

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