BOX OFFICE: Another huge weekend for “Super Mario Bros.,” Big opening for “Evil Dead Rise,” “Beau is Afraid” impresses on fewer screens

The Lee Cronin-directed/Sam Raimi-produced reboot of his “Evil Dead” franchise has a brisk Thursday night and Friday and looks to be the biggest horror hit of the spring, outperforming “Renfield,” “The Pope’s Exorcist” and most other comers with a $20 million+ opening weekend.

“Evil Dead Rise” indeed, as $23.5 million is what Deadline.com is saying it’ll earn.

That won’t be enough to chase “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” off the top spot. Deadline.com figures it’ll earn another $55-60 million this weekend, based on another big Friday.

Guy Ritchie’s combat drama “The Covenant” didn’t gain traction having “Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant” as its title. It’ll do a respectable $6 million and change.

“John Wick” will add another $5, as will “Air” (It will clear the $40 million mark by weekend’s end — not bad).

“Pope’s Exorcist” took a dive, Nic Cage’s “Renfield” pic will take in another $3.5.

And A24’s hyped “Beau is Afraid,” which opened in very limited release last weekend, will manage $3.3 on 900 or so screens this weekend. It’s buzzed about, even if mixed reviews like mine didn’t help.

Searchlight’s “Chevalier” is the hidden gem in this lot. It’s expected to not clear $1.5 million, and it’s a shame. Check it out.

The final weekend estimates Sunday afternoon provided below by @boxofficepro.

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About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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