New Line/Warner Bros. remake A Nightmare on Elm Street dominated the domestic box office, earning an estimated $32.2 million its first weekend from 3,332 theaters. Made for about $30 million, the Samuel Bayer-directed film averaged $9,665 per theater. The film, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, wasn’t quite able to match New Line’s 2009 remake Friday the 13th, which opened to $40.6 million and also carried a smaller budget of $19 million.
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios opened Iron Man 2 internationally a week earlier to give it more time before the World Cup starts on June 11th. The highly-anticipated sequel earned an impressive $100.2 million its first five days from 6,764 theaters in 53 foreign markets for a strong average of $14,814 per site. IMAX Corporation reported that the film grossed $2.25 million at 48 IMAX theaters overseas – an average of $46,875. That’s a new record for a 2D release, surpassing 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($2.1 million). Directed by Jon Favreau, the movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Garry Shandling, John Slattery, Kate Mara and Clark Gregg.
In North America theaters, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon continued to hold up well, taking in another $10.8 million in second place its sixth weekend for a total of $192.4 million. The movie cost about $165 million to produce.
Remaining in third place, 20th Century Fox’s Date Night added $7.6 million its fourth weekend for a total of $73.6 million. The comedy, starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey, was budgeted at $55 million.
CBS Films’ The Back-up Plan, starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin, dropped two spots to fourth with $7.2 million. The $35 million romantic comedy has collected $23 million after two weeks.
Summit Entertainment’s new family comedy Furry Vengeance, starring Brendan Fraser, didn’t get much interest from moviegoers. The film earned just $6.5 million in 2,997 theaters for an average of $2,169 per site.
Warner Bros. Pictures claimed the next two spots, with The Losers adding $6 million its second weekend for a total of $18.1 million and Clash of the Titans taking in $5.98 million its fifth weekend for a total of $154 million.
Both Kick-Ass (Lionsgate) and Death at a Funeral (Screen Gems) lost over 50% in ticket sales their third weekends. The former made $4.5 million for a total of $42.2 million, while the latter took in $4 million for a total of $34.8 million.
In limited release, Michael Caine thriller Harry Brown earned $180,000 from 19 theaters, while Nicole Holofcener’s dramedy Please Give collected $128,000 from just five theaters – an impressive average of $25,600.
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