Box office: Dreamy weekend for 'Nightmare on Elm Street'
"Nightmare," which stars Jackie Earle Haley as the dream-invading killer Freddy Krueger, made $32.2 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates. By comparison, the Wes Craven-directed movie released in November 1984 made $25.5 million in its release. Adjusting for inflation, that would be in the neighborhood of $50 million today, but it's a pretty safe bet that the new film will pass that mark in the next couple of weeks.
None of the other movies in release this weekend made much noise at the box office. "How to Train Your Dragon" fell back one spot to second place, taking in an additional $10.8 million to bring its six-week total to $192.4 million. "Date Night" showed some staying power by coming in third with $7.6 million, dropping only 27 percent from last week's total. "The Back-Up Plan" ($7.2 million) came in fourth.
The weekend's other big release, the miserably reviewed family comedy "Furry Vengeance," fell flat. It followed up a weak Friday showing with an equally unimpressive Saturday-Sunday frame to earn an estimated $6.5 million for the weekend.
"The Losers" ($6 million), "Clash of the Titans" ($5.98 million), "Kick-Ass" ($4.5 million), "Death at a Funeral" ($4 million) and "Oceans" ($2.6 million) rounded out the top 10. "Please Give" was the best performer among the week's limited releases, averaging better than $25,000 per screen in five locations.
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