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The Burned Rat in the Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | May 2, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | May 2, 2010 |

The shiny new inferior 2010 version of A Nightmare on Elm Street topped the box office this weekend, exploiting the dumb and the curious out of $32 million. That’s $8 million less than the Friday the 13th remake opened with last year (and it dropped 80 percent the following week. You can probably expect as much from the new Nightmare, especially with Iron Man 2 coming out). In addition to that, Nightmare only managed a C+ from Cinemascore, which is an unholy bad grade from audience members, most of whom grade on a very generous curve. It probably means that Nightmare won’t top $55 million, and on an estimated $35 million budget, I doubt anyone will get excited about green-lighting a sequel, meaning that — for the time being, anyway — the big three (Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers) may actually be out of commission for another decade at least.

There’s a reason to hold your kids tonight.

Meanwhile, the How to Train Your Dragon juggernaut keeps breathing fire into the box office, and in addition to being the highest grossing dragon movie of all time, it is also the best (suck it, Reign of Fire). No one can legitimately argue that there are no good dragon movies in existence anymore. Elsewhere, Date Night continues to roll along, picking up another $7.6 million to bring its total to $73 million. Another $13 million, and Tina Fey will best her own record (Mean Girls’ $86 million).

The Back-Up Plan was mostly stillborn at number four, adding $7 million and bringing its grand total to $22 million, or $13 million less than it cost to make. The break-even point is looking bleak. Finally, Brendan Fraser’s Furry Vengeance sucked bear ass, debuting with a measly $6.5 million. Everyone say a prayer for Agent Bedhead, who will have that review up tomorrow.

Here’s your top ten:

1. A Nightmare on Elm Street — $32,205,000
2. How to Train Your Dragon — $10,825,000 ($192,385,000)
3. Date Night — $7,600,000 ($73,627,000)
4. The Back-Up Plan — $7,240,000 ($22,950,000)
5. Furry Vengeance — $6,500,000
6. The Losers — $6,000,000 ($18,125,000)
7. Clash of the Titans — $5,980,000 ($154,036,000)
8. Kick-Ass — $4,450,000 ($42,160,000)
9. Death at a Funeral — $4,000,000 ($34,777,000)
10. Oceans — $2,600,000 ($13,500,000)

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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