After debuting with $40.5 million, the action sequel will likely take in an additional $20 million during its second weekend in theaters, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
That will put the film in a tight race for the top spot against "Evil Dead," which is poised to start off with a solid sum of between $20 million and $25 million. The weekend's other new release, a 3-D version of the 2-decade-old "
The sequel, which is generating the most interest among young males, has received particularly strong reviews for a horror film: On Thursday, the picture had notched a 76% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is also opening abroad in 19 foreign markets this weekend, including
Drawing on central plot points from Raimi's original "The Evil Dead," the new iteration follows four friends who hole up in a cabin in an attempt to help their buddy get off
Initially released in 1993,
Based on Michael Crichton's novel, "Jurassic Park" follows a group of people dealing with the dangers of an amusement park full of cloned dinosaurs.
Universal Pictures spent about $10 million to convert the 20 year-old classic to 3-D -- a nine-month-long process that involved over 700 artists. The reformatted version is set to debut overseas this weekend in about half a dozen international locations, including Russia and Australia.
But a number of 3-D re-releases have had trouble at the box office in recent years. Walt Disney Studios saw its reformatted
Updated takes on "
In limited release, Fox Searchlight is opening Danny Boyle's art-heist thriller "Trance" in two theaters each in Los Angeles and New York. The $16-million production stars James McAvoy as a criminal who can't remember where he has hidden a stolen painting.
Debuting in five theaters in the two cities is Sony Pictures Classics'