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A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake Box Office: Kellan Lutz Is Latest Underperforming Hunk

A Nightmare on Elm Street remake Kellan LutzA Nightmare on Elm Street remake with Kellan Lutz: The beefy Twilight Saga actor is the latest movie hunk to be seen in a key role in a middling domestic box office performer.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street remake box office: Though strong for a low-budget B horror flick, opening-weekend figures were far below expectations.
  • That takes us to an early spring box office pattern in the domestic market: Good-looking hunks – Kellan Lutz, Alex O’Loughlin, Aaron Johnson, Sam Worthington, Liam Hemsworth – seen in big-screen efforts that failed to achieve the level of success its producers/distributors had hoped for.

Early spring box office: Muscular hunks abound, but their movies’ domestic figures have been on the flabby side

The spring season in the Northern Hemisphere is near its halfway point. And that means Hollywood’s official summer blockbuster season – which runs from the United States’ Memorial Day weekend (late May) to Labor Day weekend (early September) – is about to begin.

One noticeable pattern so far: Handsome, hunky guys – not infrequently shirtless or in tight clothing – featured in disparate movies that, for various reasons (none related to their male stars’ physique), have underperformed in the North American (U.S. and Canada only) market.

The latest example is Kellan Lutz in the horror thriller remake A Nightmare on Elm Street. The beefy Twilight Saga actor is following in the footsteps of Alex O’Loughlin in the romantic comedy The Back-up Plan ($12.2 million debut), Aaron Johnson in the superhero parody Kick-Ass ($19.8 million), Sam Worthington in the fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans ($61.2 million; a disappointment in relation to its cost), and Liam Hemsworth in the romantic melodrama The Last Song ($25.4 million in its first five days out).

A Nightmare on Elm Street remake box office: Kellan Lutz among Freddy Krueger’s studly potential victims

April 30–May 2 weekend box office: Starring Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children, 2006) as Freddy Krueger, and featuring Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Thomas Dekker, and The Twilight Saga’s Kellan Lutz, the 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street remake topped North American (U.S. and Canada only) box office chart, grossing $32.9 million (including Thursday midnight screenings) according to final studio figures found at

That’s $700,000 more than yesterday’s estimates provided by distributors Warner Bros./New Line Cinema, but $7 million less than some had been predicting for the widely lambasted horror remake. After all, Marcus Nispel’s Friday the 13th reboot opened with $40.6 million in February 2009.

Budgeted at a reported $35 million (as always, not including marketing and distribution expenses), A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 also features Katie Cassidy, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton, and Lia D. Mortensen. Samuel Bayer directed.

Directed by Wes Craven, the 1984 original featured Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, in addition to Heather Langenkamp, Jsu Garcia (billed as Nick Corri), veteran John Saxon (The Reluctant Debutante), Oscar nominee Ronee Blakley (Nashville, 1975), and Johnny Depp in his first big-screen role. The low-budget horror flick cost a reported $1.1 million.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 Kellan LutzA Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 with Kellan Lutz. Two years ago, the Twilight Saga‘s Emmett Cullen was featured in a remake of another 1980s horror “classic,” Prom Night, starring Brittany Snow.

Neither hit nor dud, but (relatively speaking) far less impressive run than the original’s

Update: As it turned out, Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street remake earned more than half of its final domestic take – $63.1 million – on its debut weekend. Internationally, the horror reboot collected $52.6 million, for a worldwide total of $115.7 million.

These are hardly blockbuster figures, but the worldwide total should have been enough to guarantee a cheapo sequel. Yet that didn’t come to pass.

For comparison’s sake: Despite its far bigger opening-weekend numbers, the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot reached a cume of $65 million domestically – plus $26.5 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $91.5 million.

Also: A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 raked in $25.5 million domestically – or about $60 million in 2010. (International figures are hard to come by.)

For the record, the remake’s top international markets were Russia/CIS ($5.7 million), the United Kingdom/Ireland ($5.1 million), Mexico ($4.8 million), Spain ($4.2 million), and France ($4 million).

As for spring hunk Kellan Lutz, he had far better box office luck with the summer blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake Box Office” endnotes

Unless otherwise noted, “A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake Box Office: Kellan Lutz Is Latest Underperforming Hunk” box office information via Box Office Mojo. Budget info – which should be taken with a grain of salt – via BOM and/or other sources (e.g., the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Screen Daily, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety,, etc.).

Comments about the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake and other titles being hits/profitable or flops/money-losers at the box office (see paragraph below) are based on the available data about their production budget, additional marketing and distribution expenses (as a general rule of thumb, around 50 percent of the production cost), and worldwide gross (as a general rule of thumb when it comes to the Hollywood studios, around 50–55 percent of the domestic gross and 40 percent of the international gross goes to the distributing/producing companies).

Bear in mind that data regarding rebates, domestic/international sales/pre-sales, and other credits and/or contractual details that help to alleviate/split production costs and apportion revenues are oftentimes unavailable, and that reported international grosses may be incomplete (i.e., not every territory is fully – or even partially – accounted for).

Also bear in mind that ancillary revenues (domestic/global television rights, home video sales, streaming, merchandising, etc.) can represent anywhere between 40–70 percent of a movie’s total take. However, these revenues and their apportionment are only infrequently made public.

Lastly, although a more accurate reflection of a film’s popularity (i.e., its number of tickets sold), inflation-adjusted estimates should be taken with extreme caution. For instance, they’re based on average domestic ticket prices (via the National Association of Theater Owners, unless otherwise noted) whereas numerous major releases scored a large chunk of their box office take at top-priced venues.

Kellan Lutz A Nightmare on Elm Street remake images: New Line Cinema | Warner Bros.

A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake Box Office: Kellan Lutz Is Latest Underperforming Hunk” last updated in October 2022.

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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.

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.

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.


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