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.