Evil Dead 2013 Box Office Numbers

Herner Klenthur

Evil_Dead_2_3_23_13The Evil Dead Remake has landed in theaters with a storm. Many die hard horror fans had a fit after it was announced and I for one was one of them. The thought of Fede Alverez the director taking a classic and removing the key character of ASH and casting a bunch of young twenty somethings made my blood boil.

Bruce Campbell a man of great character was one of the first to come out and tell his legions of fans 'dont panic this movie will be amazing'. With his comments an awesome trailer and great buzz from die hard horror fans who saw it early it became clear that us older fans needed to pull the stick out and give it a chance.

The fact they stayed true to the original focus of Sam Raimi's classic and opted to use no CGI and tried very hard to push the envelope intrigued me. Three of our writers have now seen it and posted their Evil Dead reviews on site and its for the most part all glowing comments.

Our writers are not the only ones who loved it as the movie brought in around $12million at the box office which is spectacular given that Evil Dead did not have a big hollywood budget. Evil Dead which was produced by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell had a budget of $17million which means that the movie will turn a massive profit ensuring that the sequel which we already know is in the works will definitely go ahead.

Number two at the box office was Jurassic Park 3D with roughly $7million. These are Friday only numbers so stay tuned and we will see just how much money that Raimi and Campbell made come Monday. As far as what the die hard horror fans are saying our writer DirtyGirl says in her review;

There are several reasons this remake is well done. First, it is gory as hell! Even more so than the original was and the effects are very well done. It is by far the goriest movie I have seen in wide release at my local theatre. Second, there is no humour to lighten the mood. It is a straight up old-fashioned Horror movie. A roller coaster ride of blood and guts. But don’t get me wrong, there are very few outright scary scenes. Third, there are several Easter Eggs from the original movies sprinkled throughout.If you are an Evil Dead fan, you will enjoy picking them out when you see them. Several scenes and props are reused from the originals, but they are all slightly tweaked or changed a bit. Like the writers did a shuffle between all of the characters, resulting in a very interesting mix. Things just don’t quite line up the same way as before. However many of Raimi’s original ideas are there… the Chainsaw, the shotgun, the tree rape scene, and even the Oldsmobile.

Dead Air who has been absent for months returned from his work in the wild just to review Evil Dead saying;

There are countless moments throughout the movie that are nods back to the original trilogy. Be it camera angles, lines of dialogue or the pacing of the film but at the same time it isn’t an hour and thirty minute inside joke that new comers to the series will be left out of.There is a fine balancing act that Alverez performs by doing justice to the franchise but also making it his own. The third act is entirely new and feels unique and fresh, while the first two acts seem like a glowing tribute to the source material.

And last but certainly not least we have Flay Otter's thoughts on Evil Dead. His was the first review for the film and he writes;

I felt a great sense of relief walking out of the theatre last night after seeing Evil Dead for what was the first of likely many times. Relief in that I finally got a chance to see the thing, relief in that it was an absolute blast and really well done and relief in that all the buildup and hype and noise surrounding the project was justified in spades.It would have been a profound letdown to have been given a less-than-stellar film that didn’t live up to all the excitement, expectation and hysteria that preceded it.

Now for all you old school horror fans it is worth noting that the original Evil Dead was no slouch when it came to generating money. Although it wasnt a huge box office hit the original film made $29million world wide according to TheNumbers

Army of Darkness which to this date is one of my favorite horror comedies of all time also made $22million according to the same source. With talk of a remake of Army of Darkness that will tie all the movies together I am happy to see the new Evil Dead not only resonate with fans but also make enough money that the potential for the Army of Darkness sequel or remake is actually possible.

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      1. Studde April 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        Evil Dead was a good remake, it could have been a bit more scary. Blood and gore effects were off the charts I loved it keep that part.

      2. Stephen Hanula April 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        Perhaps if they had called it Evil Dead 4 or maybe something without anything to do with the Evil Dead, I might have liked it more. But I thought it lacked the heart of the original and just didn’t live up to my expectations… which I must admit were really high.

      3. martin April 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        I had a great time at the film and while there are some issues, overall it is an enjoyable film filled with iconic moments.

      4. Joe Parks April 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm

        As an “old school ” horror fan having seen the original well before there were any sequels, I gladly state that I loved the remake. It is its own movie while remaining true to the original. Its well done in all aspects. And it may be the goriest movie I’ve ever seen in the theater. If I have, I can’t think what it was. And I was lucky enough to see Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw 2 unrated in the theater!

      5. MEGAN EDWARDS April 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm


      6. em April 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        It was ok. They did stay true to some of the old classic parts, but twisting it to their own. However, they didn’t incorporate the best scenes from the original. I was waiting for a “jack of diamonds, jack of clubs, queen of spades, raaaaaahhhhh” however, I thought the movie was good until the end. It upset me.

      7. bobbywill April 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm

        i thought that throwing bruce campbell into the movie at the end of the credits made the experience for me. groovy!

      8. Big C April 7, 2013 at 8:01 pm

        As I write this, Evil Dead has made 26 million dollars this weekend making it No. 1 at the box office. Couldn’t get to see it this weekend but will soon.

      9. dan April 7, 2013 at 9:23 pm

        finally a good remake

      10. caja88 April 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

        I thought the Evil Dead remake was an amazing construct from the original. However after chewing the fat with my 11 year old daughter and 12 year old son, we agreed that the heart of the original was superior. I guess were just sentimental like that. a very entertaining movie though and were looking forward to the sequel And Army of Darkness hopefully starring Mr. Campbell.

      11. tomdecayNY April 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm

        the original is one of my favorite films of all time, so i was hesitant. Once i read a friends review of it from SXSW i was sold. after seeing it i thought the film was fantastic but i did have some issues with it. it lacked the character development that the original had, i couldnt even tell you anyones name other than Mia. Also when are filmmakers going to stop using nail guns that shoot far distances but arent hooked to any air compressors, it happens all the time and it always pisses me off

        • caja88 April 12, 2013 at 2:15 am

          I have to disagree with the comment that the characters weren’t as strong in the remake as opposed to the original.
          you have to take into consideration how many times we’ve seen the original. To many to count. of course were gonna have more heart for the actors for that reason….for now. I can almost bet that the more we watch the new dead that those characters will feel more important. as for me, I really enjoyed the dynamic of these new actors. also the feel of the remake was nothing like the first. that probably threw a lot of people off as far as character development.

      12. bradley kirk sinclair April 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        Evil dead swallowed my soul when Bruce was the hero…clato varata nikkto……I lived every moment of Bruce and sams evil dead movies from the eighties all the way to now…still the two young guys who love horror are at it again and I believe any sequal or other movies they have planned with the necronomicon will always be big because they still have the fan base from the original movies…love you guys keep up the good work boys and make more….the world ain’t real without our evil dead fix…

      13. Tonia April 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm

        I agree that it should have been labelled Evil Dead 4, I went in thinking it was a total remake, so I was highly picky, being a huge fan and all. At one point I felt like walking out to be honest, alot of changes, the ending was the best part in my opinion, if they had to have it like the ending it would have been much better I think, I just love gore…what can I say. It was an attempt that perhaps should have not happened or maybe should have been worked on a little more, who knows. Everybody has their own opinion, I was highly disappointed after my high anticipation of it, didn’t know till last night that Sam and Bruce were involved with this movie, wow….

      14. Afaaq July 21, 2013 at 4:39 am

        good horrible remaking i like it