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'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Tops, Miley Cyrus on Way Out

May 3, '10, update

Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, The Last Song Nicholas Spark
Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, The Last Song

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, ended up grossing $32.9 million in North America according to weekend actuals released by Box Office Mojo.

That's $700K more than yesterday's studio estimates, but $7 million less than some had been predicting for the much-panned $35 million horror remake.

Also in the film's cast: Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara,The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's Kellan Lutz, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, and Clancy Brown.

At a distant #2, How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, collected $10.6 million, followed by Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy of errors Date Night with $7.57 million.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan drew $7.25 million at #4.

New entry Furry Vengeance, starring Brendan Fraser, earned a meager $6.62 million at #5, while The Losers, starring Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chris Evans, collected $5.88 million at #6.

Next in line was Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, with $5.85 million, followed by the Aaron Johnson adventure flick Kick-Ass with $4.51 million at #8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Neil LaBute's Death at a Funeral with $4.12 million, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $2.54 million, Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with $2.25 million, and Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland with $1.47 million.

Among the top twelve movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street had the highest per-theater average, $9,875; The Last Song had the lowest, $991.

Also among the top twelve, the holdover with the highest drop-off rate was Oceans (-57.7 percent); Date Night had the lowest, down 27.6 percent.

Also of note: John Cusack's Hot Tub Time Machine with $1.12, Diary of a Wimpy Kid with $981K, Jennifer Aniston's The Bounty Hunter with $846K, Julianna Margulies' City Island with $733K, James Cameron's Avatar with $633K, and Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer with $351K.

Plus Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop with $186K, Michael Caine's Harry Brown with $173K, Rebecca Hall's Please Give with $128K, Benjamin Bratt's La Mission with $94K, Kristen Stewart's The Runaways with $82K, Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart with $64K, Robert Pattinson's Remember Me with $43K, and Shahrukh Khan's My Name Is Khan with $491 (total: $4.018m).

Photo: The Last Song (Sam Emerson / Touchstone)

May 3 update

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May 3, '10 update: Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow, grossed $100.2 million in 53 markets this past weekend. The action-adventure flick earned a first-rate $14,814 per-screen average.

According to distributor Paramount Pictures International, Iron Man 2 was the top film in 52 countries. The one holdout was Colombia.

The original Iron Man (2008) grossed an overseas total of $265 million plus $318.3 million in the U.S. and Canada.

The #2 movie internationally was Tim Burton's 3D fantasy Alice in Wonderland with $22.5 million and a $591 million total. More than half of this weekend's amount came from Japan: $12.7 million.

Starring Avatar's Sam Worthington, Clash of the Titans was #3, with $18.4 million. Overseas total to date: $273.8 million.

DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon was #4 with $6.7 million. Overseas total: $203 million.

Camping 2 was the #5 film. Fabien Onteniente's French comedy starring Franck Dubosc, Mathilde Seigner, Claude Brasseur, and Mylène Demongeot, took in $6.2 million in its native country, landing at the #2 spot (after Iron Man 2). Total to date: $16.8 million.

France's biggest box office hit of 2010 so far has been Pascal Chaumeil's comedy L'arnacoeur, starring Roman Duris and Vanessa Paradis, with $24.3 million.

Also of note this weekend: the Steve Carell-Tina Fey comedy Date Night with $4 million and the Miley Cyrus-Liam Hemsworth romantic melodrama The Last Song with $3.4 million.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

April 30, '10:

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Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark / Iron Man in Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 will surely dominate the overseas box office this weekend. The Los Angeles Times reports that the Jon Favreau movie starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sam Rockwell is expected to earn more than $100 million internationally. (The original Iron Man took in about that much on its first weekend in 2008.)

Iron Man 2, which has generally been greeted coolly by critics in English-language publications, earned $2.2 million when it opened on Wednesday in six territories, including France.

Now, it's worth remembering that in the last five months, especially in the last few weeks, the dollar has gained quite a bit of ground against the euro and other foreign currencies. That should affect (by lowering) the US dollar amount of foreign box office receipts.

Had Iron Man 2 opened at the time Avatar did in late December, its grosses – whatever they may turn to be – once converted into US dollars would have been about 15 percent higher.

When it opens in the US on May 7, pundits are predicting that Iron Man 2 may cross the $150 million mark.

Photo: Francois Duhamel / Marvel

May 2 update

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Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, The Last Song
Sam Worthington Clash of the Titans (top); Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, The Last Song (bottom)

The Losers, starring Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chris Evans, took in $6 million at #6 according to Box Office Mojo. Total after ten days: $18.12 million.

Considering its surprisingly modest drop-off rate from last weekend, it now seems likely that The Losers will be able to match, perhaps even surpass by a couple of million, its $25 million production cost. (Just bear in the mind that studios will get only about 50-55 percent of their films' domestic gross.)

Next in line was Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, with $5.98 million (total: $154 million), followed by the Aaron Johnson adventure flick Kick-Ass with $4.45 million at #8. Total $42.16 million.

Neil LaBute's Death at a Funeral, with Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence was #9 with $4 million. Total: $34.77 million. Not an impressive figure, but if the film's official $21 million price tag is correct, it'll probably end up in the black before its North American run is over.

At #10, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud's documentary Oceans drew $2.6 million. Total: $13.5 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with $2.3 million (total: $58.6m) and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland with $1.5 million (total: $329.7m).

Among the top twelve movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street had the highest per-theater average, $9,665; The Last Song had the lowest, $1,011.

Also among the top twelve, the holdover with the highest drop-off rate was Oceans (-57.1 percent) despite the addition of four theaters; Date Night had the lowest, down 27.4 percent.

Also of note: John Cusack's Hot Tub Time Machine with $1.11 (total: $47.6 million), Diary of a Wimpy Kid with $1 million (total: $60.9 million), Jennifer Aniston's The Bounty Hunter with $850K (total: $64 million), and James Cameron's Avatar with $635K ($747m).

Photos: Clash of the Titans (Jay Maidment / Warner Bros.); The Last Song (Sam Emerson / Touchstone)

May 2 update

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Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010
Kyle Gallner, Thomas Dekker, A Nightmare on Elm Street
Samuel Bayer's A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 remake: Kellan Lutz of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, (top); Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara (middle); Kyle Gallner (left) and once again Thomas Dekker

Apparently, poor word of mouth spread faster than even Freddy Krueger expected. A Nightmare on Elm Street, which seemed poised for a $40 million weekend in North America, ended up with a more modest (though still impressive) $32.2 million ($9,665 per theater) according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

On Saturday, the Samuel Bayer-directed horror flick starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy lost about one-third of its Friday audience. Sunday's earnings are expected to be half of those of Saturday, or a mere third of what the film took in on Friday.

Also in the Nightmare on Elm Street cast: Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara,The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's Kellan Lutz, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, and Clancy Brown.

At a distant #2, DreamWorks Animation's 3D How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, collected $10.8 million (down 29.5 percent). Total to date: $192.3 million.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy of errors Date Night was #3, with $7.6 million. Cume: $73.6 million.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan drew $7.24 million at #4. Total after 10 days: $22.9 million. At this stage, it seems highly unlikely that the Lopez-O'Loughlin pairing will be able to match its $35 million production cost at the domestic box office.

New entry Furry Vengeance, starring Brendan Fraser, earned a paltry $6.5 million, landing at #5 on its debut weekend. Cost: $35 million, though distributor Summit Entertainment says that production costs have been attenuated by rebates, incentives, and pre-sales. If true, that's good (or less bad) news, as Furry Vengeance will have a tough time reaching even $15 million at the domestic box office.

Photo: A Nightmare on Elm Street (Peter Sorel / Warner Bros.)

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Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger in Samuel Bayer's A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street, which ten years from now could well end up on lists featuring the worst movies of the 2010s, was the No. 1 movie at the North American box office on Friday. The horror flick grossed an impressive $15.8 million (including Thursday midnight screenings) according to Box Office Mojo.

Weekend predictions for A Nightmare on Elm Street had been hovering between $30-$40 million. Unless bad word-of-mouth spreads around fast, it looks like Freddy Krueger's box office take will match the higher end of expectations.

Whether that's cause for rejoicing or tearing your hair off depends on whether or not you're making millions off of this sort of material. Warner Bros./New Line Cinema folks must be ecstatic.

Directed by Samuel Bayer, the new A Nightmare on Elm Street stars Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley as Krueger, a rude guy who never does his nails and is always butting into people's dreams.

Featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, How to Train Your Dragon was a distant #2, with $2.5 million, followed by Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy of errors Date Night, with $2.465 million.

Alex O'Loughlin and Jennifer Lopez's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan was down three spots, earning $2.43 million at #4.

The Losers, starring Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chris Evans, took in $1.9 million at #5.

New entry Furry Vengeance, an ecologically conscious kiddie comedy collected a measly $1.7 million, landing at #6 on its first day out. Perhaps if they'd shown the furry creatures eating Brendan Fraser alive, the movie would have earned at least several more million.

Next in line was Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, with $1.65 million, followed by the Aaron Johnson adventure flick Kick-Ass with $1.4 million.

Neil LaBute's Death at a Funeral, with Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence was #9 with $1.25 million.

At #10, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud's underwater documentary Oceans drew $830K.

Among the top ten movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street had the highest per-theater average, $4,742; Death at a Funeral had the lowest, $550.

Also of note: James Cameron's Avatar earned $165K.

Photo: A Nightmare on Elm Street (Warner Bros.)

April 30

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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.

Also in the Nightmare on Elm Street cast are: Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, and the Twilight Saga's Kellan Lutz.

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, up 13.4 percent, while The Black-up Plan had the biggest drop-off rate, a small down 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)

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6 Comments to 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Tops, Miley Cyrus on Way Out

  1. Zach Bosko

    While Iron Man 2 may not be perfect, it is a pretty good sequel for the most part. Although some of the characters are really cool, they may have tried to have a bit too much going on. It wasn't necessarily hard to follow, just a few too many sub plots for my taste. I think they could have edited some of the scenes with dialogue down and added a little more Iron Man action. Still, it was great to watch this movie and my family found it hard to leave our home theater seats!

  2. Jesse

    O.K- I love this movie, and Jackie Earle Hayley in it. He is quite possibly the most out of it freddy krueger in the world. So shut your mouth holes.

  3. Brandy

    The new version of Nightmare on Elm Street was a poor rip off from the original. I went in expecting to see a prequel of sorts and instead watched a butched movie of the original. After 8 films they actually had the nerve to change him from a child murderer to a child molester. WHY???? Outside of a few tweaks her and there from the original it was not at all impressive. With the CGI and special effects available I expected to see something that would at least make me jump. Instead it was a poor remake of the original.

  4. AHAHAHAAHAHAHA.

    Rooney Mara in the film is hot though:
    http://film-book.com/rooney-maras-potential-beyond-a-nightmare-on-elm-street-2010/

  5. Chad

    'Nightmare' was GOD-AWFUL. Can hardly wait to see what the drop-off is for next week. Really, really hoping for a 'Friday the 13th'-level drop in tickets. SO much hate for this movie. And it deserves every bit of it.

  6. Its been getting bad reviews.