Box office report for May 3, 2010: Moviegoers welcome another "Nightmare on Elm Street"
Freddy Krueger clawed his way back to the top of the box office over the weekend, according to the Associated Press.
The remake of the slasher flick “A Nightmare on Elm Street” led the weekend with a $32.2 million debut domestically, the AP reports. Released by New Line, the movie features Jackie Earle Haley as Krueger, a psycho killer who stalks and slays victims in their dreams.
Slasher films typically drop steeply in their second weekends, since hardcore horror fans rush out to see them in the first few days. But “A Nightmare on Elm Street” already is headed toward a solid profit after an opening weekend that roughly matched its modest production budget of just over $30 million, according to the AP.
Given the history of slasher sagas — the original 1984 “A Nightmare on Elm Street” was followed by seven sequels — the franchise likely has a long life ahead of it.
But “A Nightmare on Elm Street” was unable to match the remake of “Friday the 13th,” which scared up a $40 million opening weekend in February 2009.
The weekend’s other new wide release, Brendan Fraser’s family comedy “Furry Vengeance,” bombed with just $6.5 million. The Summit Entertainment release stars Fraser as a housing developer attacked by the cute woodland creatures whose habitat is threatened by construction.
The previous weekend’s No. 1 movie, DreamWorks Animation’s steadily soaring hit “How to Train Your Dragon,” slipped to second place with $10.8 million, raising its total to $192.4 million.
While the redo of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” opened well, the box office continued to experience a lull in preparation for Hollywood’s busy season – summer blockbuster season.
With “Iron Man 2,” new potential blockbusters will start arriving virtually every weekend through August. Based on the Marvel comic book, 2008′s “Iron Man premiered domestically with a whopping $98.6 million weekend, ranking No. 15 on the chart for best debuts.
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