Sam Raimi’s horror classic sees its remake hit theaters with “Evil Dead”. Will it scare its way into the top spot?

“Evil Dead”, from director Fede Alvarez has been building hype for a while now. From its posters that proclaimed it the most terrifying film you’ll ever see to its premiere at South by Southwest, combined with the love people have for the original films and this one has the makings for a big horror hit. But let’s not forget “Texas Chainsaw 3D” opened to $21 million…only to have a final gross of $34 million. Since 2003’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, horror remakes, sequels, etc. have been hit and miss. Even established franchises like “Scream” have struggled to find audiences in recent years. Still, this one will open up well this weekend. The question is how good of legs will it have. I’m betting it will have decent, but not great, legs and wind up with a total of about $70 million.

Opening weekend: $25-30 million

The other new release isn’t really a new release. “Jurassic Park 3D”, the classic from Steven Spielberg starring Sam Neill, returns to theaters. In the past, 3D re-releases have done OK, with ‘Titanic 3D” opening to about $17 million last year and “Star Wars Episode 1 3D” not doing well enough to justify releasing the other episodes. Still, there’s enough people out there that never got to see Jurassic Park on the big screen who probably will love the chance to see it.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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