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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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10:38PM on 05/03/2010

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Iron Man 2 came out last weekend overseas because May 1st is a holiday in China and Russia. (It's Mayday.) Iron Man 2 stood to kill at the box office and probably did.
Iron Man 2 came out last weekend overseas because May 1st is a holiday in China and Russia. (It's Mayday.) Iron Man 2 stood to kill at the box office and probably did.
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9:44PM on 05/03/2010
why isn't kickass kicking ass?
why isn't kickass kicking ass?
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2:43PM on 05/03/2010
agree 100% with the previous post
agree 100% with the previous post
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8:55AM on 05/03/2010
Kick-Ass deserves better.
Kick-Ass deserves better.
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7:26AM on 05/03/2010

reasoning

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According the THR article, "Paramount rushed "Iron Man 2" into the foreign market a week before the film's domestic bow on May 7 to provide the film longer theatrical playing time before the monthlong World Cup begins in South Africa on June 11."
From [link]
According the THR article, "Paramount rushed "Iron Man 2" into the foreign market a week before the film's domestic bow on May 7 to provide the film longer theatrical playing time before the monthlong World Cup begins in South Africa on June 11."
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5:46AM on 05/03/2010

Iron Man 2

I live in Australia and have seen it twice already. Sorry guys I'm not rubbing it in. It just happened that way. I M 2 is very cool. If I had to choose then I would say IM1 is slightly better but 2 still kicks ass. Oh yeah and by the way STICK AROUND TILL AFTER THE CREDITS. :-)
I live in Australia and have seen it twice already. Sorry guys I'm not rubbing it in. It just happened that way. I M 2 is very cool. If I had to choose then I would say IM1 is slightly better but 2 still kicks ass. Oh yeah and by the way STICK AROUND TILL AFTER THE CREDITS. :-)
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5:41AM on 05/03/2010
Haley, was a great Freddy, but everything around him failed, including the writer, the director, and the other actors. If this gets a sequel, hopefully the negative backlash will tell them to get it right next time, but who knows if it will.
Haley, was a great Freddy, but everything around him failed, including the writer, the director, and the other actors. If this gets a sequel, hopefully the negative backlash will tell them to get it right next time, but who knows if it will.
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4:19AM on 05/03/2010
Really did not expect Nightmare to make that much and finish at no.1 quite surprised.
Really did not expect Nightmare to make that much and finish at no.1 quite surprised.
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2:29AM on 05/03/2010
Wow! Check out the legs on DATE NIGHT! And let's hope this doesn't do a double post for me. :)
Wow! Check out the legs on DATE NIGHT! And let's hope this doesn't do a double post for me. :)
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2:09AM on 05/03/2010
Hopefully there's no sequel.
Hopefully there's no sequel.
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12:58AM on 05/03/2010
I think Brendan Fraser's career is going strong, a movie with Harrison Ford, a part in GI Joe, and rumored to be in a movie written by the guy that did the Messenger, not too shabby lately at all
I think Brendan Fraser's career is going strong, a movie with Harrison Ford, a part in GI Joe, and rumored to be in a movie written by the guy that did the Messenger, not too shabby lately at all
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10:25PM on 05/02/2010

I hope Nightmare tanks

so they either do away with the reboot franchise entirely, or realise that they need to do a LOT better on a sequel.

Could give a shit about Furry Vengeance. It's exactly what it should be: a mindless romp for the kiddies.

What's most mind-numbing about those numbers is Clash. It's not surprising that another big-budget shitfest is raking it in... it's just a very telling & disconcerting reminder of the mass stupidity that's out there.
so they either do away with the reboot franchise entirely, or realise that they need to do a LOT better on a sequel.

Could give a shit about Furry Vengeance. It's exactly what it should be: a mindless romp for the kiddies.

What's most mind-numbing about those numbers is Clash. It's not surprising that another big-budget shitfest is raking it in... it's just a very telling & disconcerting reminder of the mass stupidity that's out there.
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10:53PM on 05/02/2010
OR .. most ppl go to the movies to enjoy the time out and kill two hours.. not look for a life altering experience each time they go to a theater. Its just a movie.
OR .. most ppl go to the movies to enjoy the time out and kill two hours.. not look for a life altering experience each time they go to a theater. Its just a movie.
2:26AM on 05/03/2010
I agree with Goldenarmz. Sometimes movies are just meant to be fun. Don't go into TF2 expecting The Dark Knight and don't go into Elm Street expecting The Shining...sometimes you just gotta' enjoy the movies for the fun of it.
I agree with Goldenarmz. Sometimes movies are just meant to be fun. Don't go into TF2 expecting The Dark Knight and don't go into Elm Street expecting The Shining...sometimes you just gotta' enjoy the movies for the fun of it.
10:24PM on 05/02/2010
I'm still looking forward to NOES despite mostly negative reviews. Most horror remakes are slammed by critics anyway. I just love it when horror movies open big, it keeps the genre alive and strong.
I'm still looking forward to NOES despite mostly negative reviews. Most horror remakes are slammed by critics anyway. I just love it when horror movies open big, it keeps the genre alive and strong.
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10:01PM on 05/02/2010
Not surprised about Elm Street being #1, but I'm telling you Kick Ass will be a cult hit once it hits DVD/Blu ray, it worked for Fight Club.
Not surprised about Elm Street being #1, but I'm telling you Kick Ass will be a cult hit once it hits DVD/Blu ray, it worked for Fight Club.
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10:00PM on 05/02/2010
Not surprised about Elm Street being #1, but I'm telling you Kick Ass will be a cult hit once it hits DVD/Blu ray, it worked for Fight Club.
Not surprised about Elm Street being #1, but I'm telling you Kick Ass will be a cult hit once it hits DVD/Blu ray, it worked for Fight Club.
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8:37PM on 05/02/2010
I liked this version and those that don't can suck it!
I liked this version and those that don't can suck it!
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10:00PM on 05/02/2010
lots of newbs on here i see.
lots of newbs on here i see.
8:30PM on 05/02/2010

my guess is..

'Kick Ass' is doing poorly because it looks like a film for teenagers and then has an R rating.

I kinda felt like NOES could go either way. It looks really good in the preview but mostly what I've read here and on critical websites has been bad. Kinda sums up like 'J.E Haley is good but the rest of it sucks'. So I'll have to see for myself.
'Kick Ass' is doing poorly because it looks like a film for teenagers and then has an R rating.

I kinda felt like NOES could go either way. It looks really good in the preview but mostly what I've read here and on critical websites has been bad. Kinda sums up like 'J.E Haley is good but the rest of it sucks'. So I'll have to see for myself.
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8:23PM on 05/02/2010
I think movie ratings is what affects films box office, example, as awsome as KICK ASS looked most of the targeted audience was probably under age and couldn't get in to it, so maybe they just sneeked in and didn't help the film make it's $$, where as Elm St.'s PG13 allowed more kids to see it.
I think movie ratings is what affects films box office, example, as awsome as KICK ASS looked most of the targeted audience was probably under age and couldn't get in to it, so maybe they just sneeked in and didn't help the film make it's $$, where as Elm St.'s PG13 allowed more kids to see it.
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9:33PM on 05/02/2010
A Nightmare on Elm Street is Rated 'R' sir.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is Rated 'R' sir.
8:15PM on 05/02/2010
"Kick Ass" was such an underwhelming performer. Sad. And I'm not surprised PD's latest crap heap was a hit.
"Kick Ass" was such an underwhelming performer. Sad. And I'm not surprised PD's latest crap heap was a hit.
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8:07PM on 05/02/2010

The masses are retarded....

Why are people not going to "The Losers" and "Kick-Ass?" I mean seriously... what the hell is wrong with people?
Why are people not going to "The Losers" and "Kick-Ass?" I mean seriously... what the hell is wrong with people?
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8:04PM on 05/02/2010
I liked ANOES (2010). It's a well made movie with great performances from the actors and it has some good scares. Also, the third act for this film is more exciting than the original film but I know I'm in the minority here....sadly.
I liked ANOES (2010). It's a well made movie with great performances from the actors and it has some good scares. Also, the third act for this film is more exciting than the original film but I know I'm in the minority here....sadly.
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4:54AM on 05/03/2010
Yeah...you're wrong.
Yeah...you're wrong.
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7:02PM on 05/02/2010

I love when people shit on actors...

for being in terrible movies. i do it, we all do, but if i was in Frasier's shoes and my agent said "you want $7m to do some retarded animal movie?" at this point id jump. not like anyone ever thought Brendon Frasier was one of our finest actors.
for being in terrible movies. i do it, we all do, but if i was in Frasier's shoes and my agent said "you want $7m to do some retarded animal movie?" at this point id jump. not like anyone ever thought Brendon Frasier was one of our finest actors.
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6:40PM on 05/02/2010
Hopefully the numbers die down for this shitty remake and we don't get another sequel... Between this, Friday the 13th, Halloween and the texas chainsaw massacre remakes I'm just tired of them. It's the same Abercrombie kids with wooden acting skills getting slaughtered one by one with really low angles and way too dark cinematography. ENOUGH HOLLYWOOD.
Hopefully the numbers die down for this shitty remake and we don't get another sequel... Between this, Friday the 13th, Halloween and the texas chainsaw massacre remakes I'm just tired of them. It's the same Abercrombie kids with wooden acting skills getting slaughtered one by one with really low angles and way too dark cinematography. ENOUGH HOLLYWOOD.
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6:02PM on 05/02/2010

WHY DO THEY ALWAY'S OPEN THESE MOVIES IN SPRING

Seriously the B.O. would be huge in October. IRONMAN 2 is gonna destroy the B.O. cause its really the only big Superhero Blockbuster this summer.
Seriously the B.O. would be huge in October. IRONMAN 2 is gonna destroy the B.O. cause its really the only big Superhero Blockbuster this summer.
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5:35PM on 05/02/2010
Freddy's back and the remakes aren't dead! Phoey!
Freddy's back and the remakes aren't dead! Phoey!
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5:29PM on 05/02/2010
I'm glad to see that "Date Night" is holding up quite well! "Furry Vengeance" however FINANCIALLY speaking is an obvious bomb! "A Nightmare On Elm Street" So-so $$$ take. I still need and want to see all 3 films mentioned.
I'm glad to see that "Date Night" is holding up quite well! "Furry Vengeance" however FINANCIALLY speaking is an obvious bomb! "A Nightmare On Elm Street" So-so $$$ take. I still need and want to see all 3 films mentioned.
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5:27PM on 05/02/2010

nice

in my opinion this has been a great month for movies with a nightmare on elm st,the losers,kick ass,death at a funeral and date night.Although i wish kick ass and the losers would have done better at the box office but either way a nightmare deserves the top spot,i just hope it doesn't drop like a rock next week and i hope they make a sequal even kick ass and the losers deserve sequals.
in my opinion this has been a great month for movies with a nightmare on elm st,the losers,kick ass,death at a funeral and date night.Although i wish kick ass and the losers would have done better at the box office but either way a nightmare deserves the top spot,i just hope it doesn't drop like a rock next week and i hope they make a sequal even kick ass and the losers deserve sequals.
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5:20PM on 05/02/2010
Furry Vengeance is sure to be hideous, but there's something so pathetic about it that I actually feel sorry for it's 5th place opening. Poor Fraser.
Furry Vengeance is sure to be hideous, but there's something so pathetic about it that I actually feel sorry for it's 5th place opening. Poor Fraser.
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5:10PM on 05/02/2010

$32 Million this weekend.....

......$4 Million next weekend. Celebrate!
......$4 Million next weekend. Celebrate!
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