'Nightmare' Scares Up $32 Million

It was a good weekend for Freddy Krueger. The 1980s horror villain is back with a vengeance, with A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) earning a solid $32 million, landing it in first place at the box office this weekend. Still, even with the success of Nightmare -- which stars Jackie Earle Haley as the disfigured madman who kills teenagers in their dreams -- this weekend's box office still couldn't trump last year's total in early May, when X-Men Origins: Wolverine grossed a boffo $85 million. (Of course, Hollywood will likely make up for it next weekend, when Robert Downey Jr. dons the Iron Man suit once again; the film is already hitting across the season, where its opened in 53 territories this past weekend, taking in $100.2 million) And though Nightmare earned $32 million, the film fell steeply between Friday and Saturday night, and earned a C+ Cinemascore, which suggests that the film hasn't been very well received by audiences.

Second place for the weekend belonged to How to Train Your Dragon, which, once again, held in remarkably well. The PG-rated 3-D flick grossed an estimated $10.8 million, down only 29 percent since last weekend. Its total gross now stands at $192.3 million. The Steve Carell, Tina Fey-starrer Date Night fell only 27 percent, collecting an additional $7.6 million. The PG-13 comedy has now grossed $73.6 million. Not bad for two television stars, huh?

Despite a weak opening, The Back-Up Plan held on fairly well its second weekend in theaters. Falling 41 percent, Jennifer Lopez's romantic comedy grossed an additional $7.2 million to put the film's two-week total at $22.9 million. Fifth place for the three-day period went to the other newcomer of the weekend, Furry Vengeance. The PG-rated family film earned only $6.5 million but scored a B+ with audiences. The Brendan Fraser-starrer is unlikely to do much business going forward, but considering its a co-production between Summit Entertainment and Participant Pictures, its unlikely the film's disappointment will hurt either company much.

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