A Nightmare on Elm Street opens in 3332 theaters and is the remake of the now classic A Nightmare on Elm Street from 1984 that spawned 7 more movies (if we count Freddy vs Jason as one of them). Could this R rated horror reboot/remake be the start of a new Freddy series? It depends on a lot of this, opening just a week before the mammoth that Iron Man 2 will be, A Nightmare on Elm Street seems doomed without a solid opening in the $30 million range, enough to take the movie to a $60-$70 million total in North America. Seems a lot of people think it can make it to 30 but I see it falling short of that mark, probably $27-$28 million. Expect a at least a 65%-70% drop next weekend.
And now Furry Vengeance, 2997 theaters, Summit Entertainment (with the money Twilight makes them, they can afford a train wreck like this) and very bad previews. Now I know that when it comes to family movies nobody gives a damn about critics but 2% on Rotten Tomatoes says a lot about the quality of this thing. Come on Brendan Fraser, even you can do better then this. Crash and burn, $7 million opening weekend, $15 million in total.
I simply can’t wait for the box office to finally become exciting again with the release of Iron Man 2 and basically everything that is to come during the summer. Last weekend was poor and you know something is wrong when an older movie comes back to first place in its 5th week. How to Train Your Dragon should easily come in second this weekend proving once more that it has fantastic legs at the box office
The top 5 for the weekend will probably look something like this:
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (WB) $28 million (NEW)
- How to Train Your Dragon (P/DW) $11 million ($189.3M)
- Furry Vengeance (Sum) $7 million (NEW)
- The Back-Up Plan (CBS) $7 million ($19.2M)
- Date Night (Fox) $6 million ($69.3M)
How much do you think Iron Man 2 can pull next weekend, $100 million, more, less or a lot more?