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Freddy Krueger Tops, Miley Cyrus Out

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Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 (top); Mongolian child in Thomas Balmes' Babies

May 8 update

A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as creepy Freddy Krueger, collected $9.119 million at no. 2 this weekend at the U.S. and Canada box office, according to actuals released by Box Office Mojo.

How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, was no. 3 with $6.68 million.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night landed at no. 4 with $5.448 million, followed by Alex O'Loughlin and Jennifer Lopez's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan, with $5.03 million (about 10 percent more than yesterday's estimates).

At no. 6, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance grossed $4.47 million (another 10 percent increase over yesterday's estimates). Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, was next with $2.5 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral with $2.3 million, Thomas Balmes' new entry Bébé(s) / Babies with $2.16 million (about 25 percent more than Sunday estimates), Zoe Saldana's The Losers with $1.84 million, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $1.6 million, and Aaron Johnson's Kick-Ass with $1.5 million.

Among the top twelve movies, Iron Man 2 had the highest per-theater average, $29,252 (including Thursday midnight screenings); The Losers had the lowest, $754.

Also among the top twelve, A Nightmare on Elm Street had the steepest drop-off rate, down 72.3 percent; Date Night had the lowest, down 28.1 percent.

Here are a few more figures: Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with 1.173 million, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland with $712K, Julianna Margulies' City Island with $609K, James Cameron's Avatar with 425K, Juan Jose Campanella's The Secret in Their Eyes with $407K, Leonardo DiCaprio's Shutter Island with $270K (+50 percent), and Jay Baruchel's She's Out of My League with $261K (+82 percent).

Plus: Benjamin Bratt's La Mission with $71K, Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart with $37K, the sci-fi/horror Human Centipede with $37K, Kristen Stewart's The Runaways with $34K, Robert Pattinson's Remember Me with $24K, Jacques Audiard's A Prophet with $20K, and Fritz Lang's 1927 Metropolis reissue with $20K.

Photo: A Nightmare on Elm Street (New Line Cinema / Warner Bros.); Babies (Focus Features)

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010: Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger (top); The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's Kellan Lutz

A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, collected $9.17 million at #2 this weekend in North America, according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Drop-off rate: a very steep down 72.1 percent. Total: $48.5 million. (Cost: 35 million.)

How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, was #3 with $6.76 million. Total: $201 million.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night landed at #4 with $5.3 million. Total: #80.8 million (cost: $55m).

Next was Alex O'Loughlin and Jennifer Lopez's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan, with $4.345 million. Total: $29.4 million. (Cost: 35 million.)

At no. 6, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance grossed $4 million – a surprisingly moderate 39.6 percent drop-off rate from last weekend. On weekdays, the kiddie flick has been all but dead at the box office, but there may be more miraculous resurrections in the next weekend or two. Total: $11.6 million. (Cost: 35 million.)

Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, took in $2.305 million at no. 7. Total: $157 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral with $2.1 million (total: $38.3 million), Zoe Saldana's The Losers with $1.8 million (total: $21.4 million), Thomas Balmes' new entry Bébé(s) / Babies with $1.575 million, Aaron Johnson's Kick-Ass with $1.51 million (total: $45.2 million), and Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $1.5 million (total: $16m).

Among the top twelve movies, Iron Man 2 had the highest per-theater average, $30,502 (including Thursday midnight screenings); The Losers had the lowest, $735.

Also among the top twelve, A Nightmare on Elm Street had the steepest drop-off rate, down 72.1 percent; Date Night had the lowest, down 30.1 percent.

Also of interest: Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with 1.178 million, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland with $700K, Julianna Margulies' City Island with $616K, and James Cameron's Avatar with 407K.

Surprisingly, both Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island and the teen comedy She's Out of My League posted healthy gains this weekend. Scorsese's thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio jumped 37.9 percent despite losing one-quarter of its theaters ($247K; $126 million total), while She's Out of My League soared 64.9 percent ($236K; $31.2 million total) after adding 18 theaters.

Photo: A Nightmare on Elm Street (New Line Cinema / Warner Bros.)

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Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Date Night

A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, took in $3.315 million at #2 on Friday, as per Box Office Mojo. That's about a mere 25 percent of what it grossed a week ago. Freddy might consider having a manicure done before slicing his way into the inevitable sequel.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night was the surprising no. 3 Friday movie, with $1.6 million. Although the Carell-Fey pairing will probably fall behind How to Train Your Dragon by the time the weekend is over, it has proven itself a strong runner – at least in North America. Overseas, Date Night hasn't been doing nearly as well.

How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, was #4 with $1.5 million, followed by Alex O'Loughlin and Jennifer Lopez's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan, with $1.42 million.

Next was Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance, which returned from the dead with $880K at no. 6. Kiddie flicks always perform better on weekends, for obvious reasons, but Furry Vengeance won't be around for very much longer. This is Fraser's second major flop this year, following Extraordinary Measures in which he co-starred with Harrison Ford.

Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, grossed $675K at no. 7.

Rounding out the top twelve were Zoe Saldana's The Losers with $590K, Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral with $570K, Aaron Johnson's Kick-Ass with $470K, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $410K, and, surprisingly, new entry Bébé(s) / Babies with $380K.

Directed by Thomas Balmes, Babies follows one year in the life of four infants in four parts of the world: Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo.

Apparently, no California child-labor laws were broken while filming Babies, despite an Associated Press report that has been lambasted by distributor Focus Features' James Schamus, who referred to the AP article as “irresponsible conjectures and speculations.”

Among the top twelve movies, Iron Man 2 had the highest per-theater average, $11,963; The Losers had the lowest, $241.

Also, James Cameron's Avatar grossed $105K.

Photo: Date Night (20th Century Fox)

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Miley Cyrus, Kelly Preston, The Last Song

A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, took in $1.278 million at the North American box office on Thursday, May 6, as per Box Office Mojo's figures. Its last day on top, that's for sure, as Friday has been Iron Man 2 day.

Also in the A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 cast: Kyle Gallner, Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's Kellan Lutz, Katie Cassidy, and Clancy Brown.

Up one spot, Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan, which has been ping-ponging back and forth between the second and third positions, earned $507K at no. 2.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night, also up one spot, was no. 3 with $494K.

Down from no. 2 to no. 4, How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, collected $477K.

Next was Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, with $357K

At no. 6, The Losers, with Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chris Evans, drew $346K, while Aaron Johnson's adventure flick Kick-Ass was right behind it with $345K.

Rounding out the top twelve were Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral with $306K, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $286K, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $219K, Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with $146K, and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland with $109K.

Among the top twelve movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street had the highest per-theater average, a mere $384; The Last Song had the lowest, a ready-to-say-goodbye $64.

Also among the top twelve, Oceans had the most impressive surge, up 13.8 percent; Clash of the Titans had the largest drop-off rate, a not too bad down 5.8 percent.

Also of note: Julianna Margulies' City Island with $59K, James Cameron's Avatar with $57K, Ewan McGregor's The Ghost Writer with $31K, Kristen Stewart's The Runaways with $10K, Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart with $8K, and Robert Pattinson's Remember Me with $4.5K.

Photo: The Last Song (Sam Emerson / Touchstone)

May 7 update

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Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus The Last Song

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, starring Jackie Earle Haley as the iconic Freddy Krueger, grossed $1.293 million at the U.S. and Canada box office on Wednesday, May 5, according to Box Office Mojo.

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

Back at no. 2, How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, took in $494K.

Down one spot, Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan earned $482K at no. 3.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy of errors Date Night was no. 4 with $452K. Next was Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, with $379K.

At no. 6, The Losers, starring Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chris Evans, drew $366K, while Aaron Johnson's violent adventure flick Kick-Ass collected $345K.

Rounding out the top twelve were Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral with $303K, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $252K, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $214K, Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with $130K, and Anne Hathaway's Alice in Wonderland with $109K.

Among the top twelve movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street had the highest per-theater average, an unimpressive $388; The Last Song had the lowest, $57.

Also among the top twelve, Clash of the Titans had the smallest drop-off rate, down 9.3 percent; A Nightmare on Elm Street had the steepest, down 28.5 percent. Not one of the top twelve movies posted gains on Wednesday.

Also of note: Julianna Margulies' City Island with $69K, James Cameron's Avatar with $58K, Pierce Brosnan's The Ghost Writer with $29K, Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart with $7K, and Robert Pattinson's Remember Me with $3.5K.

Photo: The Last Song (Sam Emerson / Touchstone)

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Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, The Last Song

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, took in $2.077 million in the U.S. and Canada on Monday according to Box Office Mojo. Also in the horror flick's cast: Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's Kellan Lutz, Thomas Dekker, Katie Cassidy, and Clancy Brown.

How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, collected $605K at no. 2, followed by Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan with $495K.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy of errors Date Night was no. 4 with $481K. Next was The Losers, starring Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chris Evans, with $449K.

At #6, Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, drew $437K, followed by the Aaron Johnson adventure flick Kick-Ass with $426K.

Rounding out the top twelve were Neil LaBute's Death at a Funeral with $348K, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $267K, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $247K, Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with $138K, and Mia Wasikowska's Alice in Wonderland with $118K.

Among the top twelve movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street had the highest per-theater average, $623; The Last Song had the lowest, $61.

Also of note: Julianna Margulies' City Island with $58K, James Cameron's Avatar with $58K, Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer with $29K, Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart with $9K, and Robert Pattinson's Remember Me with $3K.

Photo: The Last Song (Sam Emerson / Touchstone)

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Alex O'Loughlin The Back-up Plan (top); Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, The Last Song

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, collected $1.809 million at the North American box office on Tuesday as per Box Office Mojo. Also in the much-panned horror flick's cast: Kyle Gallner, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's Kellan Lutz, Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, and Clancy Brown.

Up one spot at no. 2, Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan earned $622K, followed by How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, with $582K.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy of errors Date Night was no. 4 with $521K. Next was Aaron Johnson's violent adventure flick Kick-Ass with $430K.

Something unusual happened at no. 6: Down one spot, The Losers, starring Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chris Evans, tied with Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring another Avatar alumnus, Sam Worthington. Both movies grossed exactly $418, 242, according to the Box Office Mojo chart.

Rounding out the top twelve were Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral with $364K, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $292K, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $278K, Liam Hemsworth's The Last Song with $151K, and Helena Bonham Carter's Alice in Wonderland with $121K.

Among the top twelve movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street had the highest per-theater average, $543; Miley Cyrus' romantic melodrama The Last Song had the lowest, $67.

Also among the top twelve, The Back-up Plan posted the highest percentage gain, an impressive 25.5 percent; A Nightmare on Elm Street had the steepest drop-off rate, down 12.9 percent.

Also of note: Julianna Margulies' City Island with $68K, James Cameron's Avatar with $58K, Pierce Brosnan's The Ghost Writer with $37K, Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart with $8K, and Robert Pattinson's Remember Me with $4K.

Photo: The Last Song (Sam Emerson / Touchstone); The Back-up Plan (CBS Films)

May 3, '10, update

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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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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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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.

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Alex O'Loughlin, The Back-up Plan
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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10 Comments to Freddy Krueger Tops, Miley Cyrus 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. Connie

    The Backup Plan was a disappointing romantic comedy that was not worth the price of my movie ticket. I can see why it got such terrible reviews.

  4. neil

    Michelle Hutton, could you be any more obvious and annoying with your Elm Street hate??

    Even if it's down 270% it is still a successful movie. Period, end of story.

    Now move on.

  5. Rusty

    Life is rough, it's just great relaxation to see Jennifer fall in love with Alex (Zoe and Stan).

    If I wanted to think hard, I'd read or take a night class….I need to escape and enjoy an evening watching a very handsome Alex O'Loughlin (STAN) woo JLo (Zoe)

    Yeah for the Back Up Plan!

  6. MichaelC2B

    I loved The Back-Up Plan - I have seen it several times and can't wait for the DVD to come out. You just can't go wrong with Alex O!

  7. 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.

  8. AHAHAHAAHAHAHA.

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

  9. 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.

  10. Its been getting bad reviews.