Freddy Carves A New ‘Nightmare’ In The Sunday Box Office Report

1. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” ($32.2 million)
2. “How To Train Your Dragon” ($10.8 million)
3. “Date Night” ($7.6 million)
4. “The Back-Up Plan” ($7.2 million)
5. “Furry Vengeance” ($6.5 million)

Freddy Krueger’s comeback at the hands of Jackie Earle Haley was hardly a nightmare for Warner Bros. and New Line, as the horror icon’s terrifying theatrical return in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” easily clawed its way into the top spot at the box office this weekend with a $32.2 million victory.

Although some initial estimates had pegged the “Nightmare” remake somewhere in the neighborhood of $35 million or higher, the $32.2 million weekend still chipped away at the majority of the film’s reported $35 million production budget. The first place finish is also impressive given the fact that a vast majority of reviewers were unenthusiastic about the remake, including MTV’s own Kurt Loder.

The weekend’s only other major wide release was “Furry Vengeance,” Summit Entertainment’s family-oriented comedy starring Brendan Fraser as a real estate worker trying to convert a forest into a profitable development, much to the chagrin of the forest’s natural inhabitants. But it’s Summit Entertainment that needs to exact revenge as “Furry Vengeance” landed softly in fifth place with a mere $6.5 million, thanks at least in part to almost universally negative reviews.

“How To Train Your Dragon,” “Date Night” and “The Back-Up Plan” filled out the middle portion of the top five, while comic book adaptations “The Losers” and “Kick-Ass” both fell to sixth and eighth place, respectively — but the comic book movie medium is virtually guaranteed for a resurgence next weekend when “Iron Man 2” soars into theaters.

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