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Weekend Box-Office: April 30-May 2, 2010

05.02.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Freddy's back, bitches...!!

Despite pretty negative reviews from critics and schmoes alike, the remake of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET still managed a pretty decent $32M opening, which probably greenlights a sequel, at the very least, since this film only cost about $30M and is already profitable. In case you've been living under a rock, the original ELM STREET film was released in 1984 and followed by 7 sequels. That said, the remake didn't fare as well as the FRIDAY THE 13TH remake, which opened with $40M when it was released back in February of 2009 and it was recently announced that there would be no sequel to that crap, so who knows!!

The rest of the week's box-office was kinda boring, but what's with Paramount releasing IRON MAN 2 in many countries around the world before the US and Canada? I don't mean to sound like an ass, but since most foreign movies open in their own countries first, doesn't it make sense to release American flicks in the USA first? (especially mothercluckin' blockbusters as such??) Either way, IRON MAN 2 opened in 53 countries this past weekend (including the UK, Korea and Russia) and has already grossed over $100M worldwide.

The week's only other new release entitled FURRY VENGEANCE and starring Brendan Fraser as an actor whose career is apparently pretty dead these days and who needs to take on shitty roles like this one, in order to keep paying the mortgage on his big Hollywood home, opened in 5th place with a measly $6.5M. The two movies to get booted from the top 10 this weekend include THE LAST SONG ($59M) and ALICE IN WONDERLAND ($330M). It's to note that ALICE in currently the highest-grossing movie of the year (so far), earning about $140M more than the film in second place, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON ($192M). All that will change next weekend, of course, as IRON MAN 2 is unleashed upon North Americans.

As mentioned above, next week sees the release of only one major release (the BABIES documentary is also opening, but in limited release), but a massive one at that, as IRON MAN 2 finally hits screens in North America. Many experts are predicting that its opening weekend will establish a new opening weekend record, which is currently held by THE DARK KNIGHT with $158M (SPIDER-MAN 3 made $151M and NEW MOON made $142M). The original IRON MAN movie made $98M in its opening weekend, which places it in 15th place on the all-time list. So knowing all that...how much $$$ do you think IRON MAN 2 will make next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

1. A Nightmare on Elm... $ 32.2 Million
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2. How to Train Your... $ 10.8 Million $ 192.4 Million
3. Date Night $ 7.6 Million $ 73.6 Million
4. The Back-Up Plan $ 7.2 Million $ 22.9 Million
5. Furry Vengeance $ 6.5 Million
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6. The Losers $ 6 Million $ 18.1 Million
7. Clash of the Titans $ 5.9 Million $ 154 Million
8. Kick-Ass $ 4.5 Million $ 42.2 Million
9. Death at a Funeral $ 4 Million $ 34.8 Million
10. Oceans $ 2.6 Million $ 13.5 Million

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