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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best demon movies

With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re kicking things off with demons.

To the nonbelievers, demons are kind of funny—all horns and red faces, too unrealistic to provoke real scares. Then a legitimately terrifying, devil-centric movie—say, Paranormal Activity—comes along…and suddenly demons aren’t so silly anymore.

A good demon-focused film will paint the beast as undoubtedly real, something a mere mortal can’t get rid of easily. Demons are inescapable and devastating, and — perhaps scariest of all—they’re mostly imperceptible. Often, someone who’s tangling with a demon doesn’t just share share space with them—they’re fighting for control of the same body. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: '42' knocks it out of the park with $27.3 million; 'Oblivion' huge overseas

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Tomorrow, Major League Baseball will celebrate its annual Jackie Robinson Day, and all players and umpires will wear jerseys with the number 42, which Robinson, the first African-American player in the MLB, made famous. Don’t be surprised if the execs at Warner Bros. join in on the fun. The studio did have a grand slam weekend, after all.

Warner Bros.’ new baseball drama 42 topped the box office with $27.3 million — far ahead of recent baseball titles like Moneyball ($19.5 million debut) and Trouble with the Curve ($12.2 million). In fact, 42 scored the best ever debut for a baseball film, surpassing The Benchwarmers‘ $19.7 million bow. 42 also became the latest release to earn a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade, signifying exemplary word-of-mouth among ticket-buyers. Former “A+” releases include The Help, Tangled, The Blind Side, Titanic, and A Few Good Men. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: '42' bats up $9.1 million Friday, earns rare 'A+' CinemaScore

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Talk about hitting it out of the park!

The Jackie Robinson baseball drama 42 exceeded industry expectations on Friday, grossing $9.1 million during its first day in theaters. The film, a $40 million production from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, swung harder than other recent baseball flicks like Moneyball and Trouble with the Curve, which grossed $6.7 million and $4.2 million on their opening days, respectively.

Notably, 42 earned a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade from polled audiences, thereby joining the ranks of fellow crowd-pleasers like The Help, Tangled, The Blind Side, and Titanic. Strong word-of-mouth should drive business on Saturday and Sunday — the film will likely earn about $27 million in its first three days — and also in the weeks to come. Warner Bros. just may have a grand slam hit on its hands. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: '42' and 'Scary Movie 5' swing for the fences

Two newcomers are stepping up to the box office plate this weekend: the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 and the horror “spoof” Scary Movie 5. It will likely be a close match between the films for the top spot, which will be vacated by last weekend’s champ, Evil Dead — in fact, the horror film may miss the Top 5 entirely. Overall, it should be another weekend stuffed with healthy holdovers as six films are headed for grosses above $10 million for the second frame in a row.

Here’s how the weekend may shake out: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Evil Dead' brings life to industry with $26 million debut

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The 2013 box office has been stuck in a bit of a rut. For nine of the past ten weekends, overall grosses have lagged behind 2012 totals, and high-profile releases like Jack the Giant Slayer, The Host, Beautiful Creatures, and A Good Day to Die Hard have badly misfired. That’s why industry folks are likely breathing a sigh of relief this morning looking at the box office chart. Not only did Evil Dead and Jurassic Park 3D both open successfully, but six separate films earned over $10 million during the Friday-to-Sunday period. It’s an encouraging sign of industry health as Hollywood gears up for the lucrative summer movie season.

Evil Dead, a new remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic, led the way with $24.2 million. Sony is boasting a $26 million frame, which includes the $1.8 million the film earned at Thursday night shows. The horror film scared up more in its opening weekend than Texas Chainsaw 3D, which debuted to $21.7 million in January, but less than Mama, which took of with $28.4 million in February. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Evil Dead scares up $10.1 million on Friday

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The box office was alive thanks to the Evil Dead on Friday. The $17 million horror remake, from TriStar, FilmDistrict, and Ghost House took in a terrific $10.1 million on its debut Friday — the same amount that fellow horror release Mama earned in its first 24 hours en route to a $28.4 million weekend earlier this year. Evil Dead will likely be more frontloaded than that film due to built-in anticipation from fans of the 1981 original, but it could still earn about $27 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period.

Of course, Sony reported that Evil Dead earned $11.9 million on Friday, explaining that that number was “including Thursday late shows.” The studio was folding in the $1.8 million that Evil Dead earned on Thursday (and not all from midnight screenings — mostly from 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. showtimes). This is part of a somewhat frustrating trend in Hollywood’s box office reporting right now — WSJ‘s Ben Fritz wrote a great piece on the misleading tactic of extending “opening weekend” earlier this week. I requested clarification of Evil Dead‘s Friday gross, but Sony did not respond.

Universal’s re-release Jurassic Park 3D roared into second place with $7 million — a touch behind the Titanic 3D re-release, which earned $7.1 million on its first day — putting it on pace for a solid $18 million frame. Jurassic Park should end up being a nice winner for Universal, which spent just $10 million to convert it into 3-D.

A trio of holdovers rounded out the Top 5. Last weekend’s victor G.I. Joe: Retaliation earned $6.4 million, and may wind up with $20 million for the weekend. Fox’s animated hit The Croods scored $6 million on Friday, and thanks to healthy family viewing on Saturday, it will likely surpass G.I. Joe with about $22 million by Sunday night. In fifth, Tyler Perry’s Temptation took in another $3.4 million and may finish the weekend with $10 million, which would bring its total past the $38 million mark.

1. Evil Dead – $11.9 million
2. Jurassic Park– $7 million
3. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $6.4 million
4. The Croods – $6 million
5. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – $3.4 million

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report, and follow me on Twitter at @gradywsmith for more box office updates and musing throughout the week.

Read more:
Evil Dead: EW Review
Jurassic Park 3D: EW Review

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