The sleepless night many moviegoers had last night after seeing "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was a dream come true to distributor Warner Bros. The horror reboot had a spectacular Friday taking in $15.9 million. Audiences clearly wanted a Freddy Krueger fix and the reinvigorated franchise could do anywhere from $35-40 million depending on how steep the anticipated Friday to Saturday drop is or if word of mouth starts to scare other "victims" away.
The rest of Friday's top five all provided significantly lower returns as movie fans may be taking a of breather before summer movie season starts next week with opening of "Iron Man 2."
Still chugging along in the second slot was is DreamWorks Animation's "How To Train Your Dragon" which grossed another $2.6 million for a new cume of $184.1 million. Get ready for an already announced sequel.
"Date Night" wasn't far behind with $2.5 million and a new cume of $68.5 million and what is turning out to be a solid hit for Steve Carell and Tina Fey.
"The Back-Up Plan" dropped from second to fourth with $2.4 million and an 8-day total of $17.1 million. Jennifer Lopez, your career is calling.
Also falling significantly was "The Losers." The well-reviewed action flick took in just another $2 million for a new cume of $14.1 million. It appears audiences are waiting for their '80s-era action kick from "The A-Team" in June.
The only other new film this weekend was Summit Entertainment and Participant Productions' "Furry Vengeance." DOA before it ever hit theaters, the Brendan Fraser "comedy" took in just $1.7 million. Needless to say, if it can find $6-7 million by Sunday, both companies will quickly close the books on this one.
Look for complete weekend estimates tomorrow on HitFix.
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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