Blasts from the past overtake the box office this weekend as Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park 3D and the remake of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead head for the multiplex.
Produced by Raimi's Ghost House, Evil Dead has a strong shot of winning the weekend for Sony/TriStar and FilmDistrict with a gross in the $22 million range or better, depending upon how Paramount's G.I. Joe: Retaliation performs in its second outing.
Raimi tapped Fede Alvarez to direct the remake, which follows five friends who awaken a demonic presence while visiting a cabin in rural Massachusetts. The remake, costing $17 million to make, also opens this weekend in 19 foreign markets.
Box office observers believe that Universal's 3D redo of Jurassic Park could earn $15 million for the weekend, although 3D rereleases are tricky to predict and have a mixed track record. The $10 million makeover was personally supervised by Spielberg, whose classic dinosaur action pic celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Universal is using the re-release to prime audiences for Jurassic Park 4, which opens in June 2014 (Spielberg is producing, but not directing).
G.I. Joe, which has grossed nearly $150 million globally through Wednesday, could take in another $20 million domestically to place No. 2 for the weekend, followed by DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox's animated tentpole The Croods, which will cross the $300 million mark worldwide sometime over the weekend.
Thanks to many kids being out of school for spring break, Croods has done strong midweek business to place No. 1. The film's global earnings through Wednesday are $272 million.
New offerings at the specialty box office include Danny Boyle's drama-thriller Trance, which Fox Searchlight launches in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.
The British films stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Casssel. Trance revolves around a fine-art auctioneer who is involved in stealing a painting, but develops amnesia and can't remember the details.