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NIGHTMARE Slashes $32.2 Mil

A Nightmare on Elm Street remake opens to $32.2 million.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 02, 2010

Freddy Krueger (Jackie Haley) in New Line's remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street(2010).
© New Line/Bob Trate


With the last few weekends pulling in less than stellar numbers across the board, we wondered whether New Line and Warner Bros. remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street could kick start the summer box office season early and start reversing those numbers. And it looks like that didn’t happen.  
While the Freddy Krueger remake scared up an estimated $32.2 million this weekend—the second highest Krueger opening behind 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason ($36.4 mil)--the overall $102 million weekend marked a sizeable 36% downtick from the same weekend last year. The large drop can be attributed to the $85 million debut of Fox's X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The burden of turning the dismal spring 2010 season around now falls on the shoulders of Paramount Pictures’ sequel Iron Man 2, which flies into theaters next Friday. With the reports of pre-debut ticket sales skyrocketing for the Jon Favreau-directed comic feature, it most definitely has a shot. The first film arrived in theaters May 2, 2008 to an opening tally of $98.6 million. In a very crowded 2008 summer season it went on to gross $318.4 million in domestic sales and $585.1 million worldwide.
Taking down the 2nd place spot is the one film that has been taking advantage of the recent box office downturn, DreamWorks Animation's 3D adventure How to Train Your Dragon. The animated release ate annother $10.8 million in its sixth weekend, growing its domestic cume to $192.4 million. With the film grabbing another $196.0 million in foreign markets, it has a worldwide gross of $388.3 million. DreamWorks has already announced a sequel in development for the fall of 2013.

Fox and CBS Films are taking advantage of couple-focused demographics, with Date Night and The Back-Up Plan grabbing the 3rd and 4th place slots. The Tina Fey-Steve Carrel comedy grabbed another $7.6 million to increase its domestic tally to $73.6 million.
The Jennifer Lopez vehicle The Back-Up Plan rang up another $7.2 million, just 41% less than its debut a week earlier. After 10 days the romantic comedy has grabbed $22.9 million in the states against a budget of $35 million.
Summit Entertainment's family comedy Furry Vengeance opened with less than expected numbers, taking in just $6.5 million in 5th place.
Check out the rest of the top 10 below.

A Nightmare on Elm Street
$32.2 mil
$32.2 mil
How to Train Your Dragon
$10.8 mil
$192.3 mil
Date Night
$7.6 mil
$73.6 mil
The Back-Up Plan
$7.2 mil
$22.9 mil
Furry Vengeance
$6.5 mil
$6.5 mil
The Losers
$6.0 mil
$18.1 mil
Clash of the Titans
$5.9 mil
$154.0 mil
$4.4 mil
$42.1 mil
Death at a Funeral
$4.0 mil
$34.7 mil
$2.6 mil
$13.5 mil

It’s time for those Iron Man 2 predictions, Maniacs. As reported above, the first film grabbed an opening of $98.6 million back in 2008. Keeping in mind the last few dismal box office reports, can you see this sequel eclipsing that opening tally? There can be no doubt that Fandango and other industry firms are reporting the pre-opening ticket sales and hype is quite large for the comic sequel, with audiences perhaps figuring the Paramount Pictures release to be the first true summer release of 2010. But how will that prerelease excitement translate into opening weekend sales?
Will it take down $100+ million? Will it fall short of that?
Sound off below.
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Wiseguy 5/2/2010 5:27:00 PM

150mil for IM2. I'm hoping it breaks TDK's record and it has an outside shot of doing that. But even though new records seem to be set every other year, TDK's feat is still pretty amazing and not an easy takedown.

However the wild card that could help IM2 best TDK could be thanks to AVATAR, the film that never stops giving. The industry's rush to install as many I-Max screens as possible for AVATAR means that the same thing that helped TDK is going to do the same for IM2, with quite a few more I-Max screens TDK's record could go down. Plus the fact that IM2 for some reason only has a 2 week I-Max run means all the or most of the I-Max shows should be selling out.

NOES*****SPOILER  ALERT*****Freddy wasn't as good as I hoped. It was ok at best IMO but I'd hoped for more suspense and build up. Plus the thing that IMO could've set the movie apart was by making him innocent afterall and now was just out for pure vengeance.

RaithManan 5/2/2010 5:27:35 PM

Fellow Maniacs and to my good friends Hanso and Hobbs, I have returned after a 1-year absence since I've been pretty busy doing other projects. 

Well, I saw Elm Street last night and it was a good remake though the original still is tops.  Pretty much, they kept the original concept, just delved deeper into Freddy's backstory, something that hardly got attention during the previous films.  While I agree with Rob's review that we've gotten used to Freddy's antics and are numb to it, but the newer generation are witnessing Freddy for the first time and jumped out of their seats while I just simply laughed at their reactions. 

Clearly Freddy's comeback was done much better as opposed to last year's Friday the 13th and Jackie Earle Haley did a nice job in making Freddy his own character rather than trying to imitate what Robert Englund done with it for over 20 years. 

Now bring on IronMan.  I will predict between $155-$160 million weekend take for ol' RDJ.

RaithManan 5/2/2010 5:35:31 PM

On a side note: If I have to sit through another moment of MacGruber, I'm gonna burn down the theater.  And someone please tell me for the love of God, why o' why do we need Step Up 3D??  You have got to be absolutely kidding me, THE HORROR!!!

wessmith1966 5/2/2010 5:45:10 PM

Freddy was just ok for me, although I liked his makeup better than the original. I read Harry's review on AICN and have to agree with the consensus that he's sold out, because the movie was nowhere near as good as he said. It wasn't bad...wasn't great...just ok entertainment. If this was the first time we were seeing Freddy I would probably think it was better, but I guess I'm just use to the schtick.

I think IM2 will top $150 million...and without the extra 3D dollars.

wessmith1966 5/2/2010 5:47:04 PM

...And welcome back RaithManan.

Riddick316 5/2/2010 6:04:59 PM

I still love the original. 

DarthDuck 5/2/2010 6:59:24 PM

I assumed I would hate it so maybe that's why I enjoyed it.

I agree with Wiseguy, I was hoping they were going to switch up his connections to the kids.

JEH rules and made Freddy his own, but it wasn't Robert Englund and therefore felt weird.

Pretty good as far as horror movie remakes go.

evilbeagle 5/2/2010 7:49:11 PM

Won't see Nightmare til DVD.  It just can't top the original, but on DVD I can just enjoy it for what it's worth and not be out a wad of cash.  Did the same thing with Friday the 13th and enjoyed watching the remake at home.

IM2 will top $150 mil for these reasons:

1) It appeals to adults and kids--and it's fairly acceptable for 8 audience.

2) It's had just a bit of hype behind it.

3) Ain't nuthin else out there.

4) Agree with Wise about the increased IMAX numbers.

5) Avengers hype is almost full throttle, and people will just want to be involved in the build up to the biggest movie event since...i don't know T2, Avatar, Matrix sequels...

The current reviews may indicate that it won't get as many repeat viewings, but fanboys are easy to please once the groundwork has been laid.  If the movie is fun, it will have legs.

raa2001 5/2/2010 8:02:29 PM

 and now lets prepare for a sequel to Nightmare on Elm St....

Calibur454 5/2/2010 8:15:54 PM

Raithmaan- I know your pain when it comes to Macgruber- for those who dont know it's pretty much a pitiful spoof of Macgyver- It even just looks downright stupid and I roll my eyes every time I see the trailer

IM2 will help with the box office I'm sure the movie industry will be ok I'm sure they are kicking themselves for uping the ticket prices I bet if they had stayed the same the dollar amounts per movie would go up.


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