A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET scares up enough cash to take the weekend box office

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 2nd, 2010

I told you guys this would happen. The Samuel Bayer-directed A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET seeped into enough people's dreams to make it tops at the box office. Freddy is back, and he's pocketed a cool $32.2 million in just one weekend at the box office. That number places it as the highest opener of any ELM STREET flick (if we don't count FREDDY VS. JASON which, hello, I don't), even when you take into account that pesky little thing called inflation.

The original ELM STREET opened with $1.2 million in 1984, which has a 2010 equivalent of approximately $2.6 million - so, you know, wow. In terms of horror remake numbers, this new nightmare is already number 24 on Box Office Mojo's total chart. Its opening puts it in the same range as such flicks as 1999's THE HAUNTING and even this year's THE WOLFMAN. It, however, does fall short to the FRIDAY THE 13TH remake, which made over $40 million in its first weekend.

The far-superior HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON held on to second place with just over $10.8 million. The film is within inches of cracking the $200 million club, breathing adorable fire into $192 million in total returns in six weeks at the box office. Despite the film's overwhelming positive buzz, it is still not Dreamworks' top animated feature. It's actually number seven, behind the SHREK franchise, KUNG FU PANDA, and both MONSTERS VS. ALIENS and MADAGASCAR. It is better than all six of those films? I daresay a hearty, Viking-yelled yes!

The dismal Jennifer Lopez-starrer THE BACK-UP PLAN filled out fourth place with just over $7.2 million. I suppose people are still willing to pay to say a train wreck. Oddly enough, DATE NIGHT moved back up to third place over J-Lo's latest, pulling up from last week's fourth place. With $7.6 million this week, the film has made $73.6 million total.

The week's only other new wide opener, FURRY VENGEANCE, came in at fourth place. The film may have a 2% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it still pulled in $6.5 million. Parents. Stop now. Take your kids back for the DRAGON. Please.

In indie news, the week's two limited openings, PLEASE GIVE and HARRY BROWN, occupied both the top and third spot for highest per-theater gross, respectively (oddly enough, NIGHTMARE held the second spot for per-theater gross).PLEASE GIVE opened in only five theaters, but still grossed $128,000. That number, paired with a critical response best summed up as "this is the only new movie worth seeing this week" should propel the film to even better numbers, even if by word of mouth.

Next weekend brings us IRON MAN 2. The only question is not if the sequel will be number one, but by how much. Do you expect records to be broken?

Source Box Office Mojo

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