The 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street should land at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart this weekend. Predictions for the horror movie, which was a popular franchise in the '80s, have been in the $30 million range.
This time around, Freddy Krueger will be played by Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley, the sex offender who meets a very bizarre fate in Todd Field's Little Children. Robert Englund played Krueger in the earlier films.
Directed by Samuel Bayer, A Nightmare on Elm Street will open at 3,332 theaters (and about 4,700 screens). The more sites the better, as horror movies tend to do well on the first weekend and then hit bottom rather rapidly.
Michael Bay's Platinum Dumes, which also produced The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th remakes, is behind this one as well. Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema is the distributor.
The weekend's other big opening is Summit Entertainment's Brendan Fraser kiddie flick Furry Vengeance, directed by Roger Kumble, which will hit 2,997 locations. Expectations for this one have been quite modest, as Fraser – like most big-screen performers today – seems to have box office appeal only if he's surrounded by deafeningly loud special effects.
According to Box Office Mojo's Brandon Gray, Summit places Furry Vengeance on a par with Underdog, Aliens in the Attic, Shorts and The Spy Next Door, none of which could be called box office smashes.
Furry Vengeance is expected to earn less than $10 million – perhaps as low as $6 million – on its debut.
How to Train Your Dragon should be the No. 2 movie of the weekend, with grosses between $10-$12 million.
Among the movies opening in limited release this weekend are Michael Caine's Harry Brown, the horror flick The Human Centipede, Brian Cox's The Good Heart, and Nicole Holofcener's Please Give.
Photo: New Line Cinema
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Alex O'Loughlin in Alan Poul's The Back-up Plan
Alex O'Loughlin and Jennifer Lopez's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan remained the No. 1 movie at the U.S. and Canada box office on Thursday – surely its very last day at the top – earning $805K according to Box Office Mojo.
Featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, How to Train Your Dragon was closed behind, with $770K at #2.
At #3, the Aaron Johnson adventure flick Kick-Ass collected $690K, followed by Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy of errors Date Night with $682K.
Up two spots, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud's underwater documentary Oceans was #5, with $646K.
Down one spot, The Losers, starring Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chris Evans, took in $607K at #6. Next in line was Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, with $594K.
Neil LaBute's Death at a Funeral, with Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, took in $521K at #8.
Rounding out the top twelve were Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with $225K, John Cusack's Hot Tub Time Machine with $190K, Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland with $156K, and Jennifer Aniston's The Bounty Hunter with $123K.
Among the top twelve movies, Oceans posted the largest increase, +13.4 percent, while The Black-up Plan had the biggest drop-off rate, a small -3.2 percent.
Also among the top twelve, Oceans had the highest per-theater average, $536; The Bounty Hunter had the lowest, $78.
Also of note: James Cameron's Avatar with $79K, Hubble 3D with $77K, Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer with $44K, Julianna Margulies' City Island with $27K, Leonardo DiCaprio's Shutter Island $25K, and Ben Stiller's Greenberg with $18K.
Plus, Kristen Stewart's The Runaways $17K, Matt Damon's Green Zone with $14K, Robert Pattinson's Remember Me with $10K, Sandra Bullock's The Blind Side with $3K, Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes with $2K.
No figures were available for Noomi Rapace's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or Ricardo Darin's The Secret in Their Eyes.
Photo: The Back-Up Plan (CBS Films)