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‘Nightmare’ Tops U.S. Box-Office With $32.2 Million

May 3 (Bloomberg) -- “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” a remake of the 1984 horror film, led the U.S. and Canadian box office in its opening weekend in theaters, taking in $32.9 million for Time Warner Inc.’s New Line studio.

“Furry Vengeance,” a family comedy from Summit Entertainment LLC, opened in fifth place with $6.6 million, Hollywood.com Box-Office said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

“Nightmare” features Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, a disfigured serial-killer who wields a bladed glove and terrorizes teenagers in their dreams. The original film took in a total of $25.5 million in U.S. ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo, a researcher based in Sherman Oaks, California.

“Horror has been really hot lately, especially re-makes,” said Jeff Bock, senior box-office analyst at Los Angeles-based Exhibitor Relations Co., in a telephone interview.

“How to Train Your Dragon” fell to second place from first with $10.6 million for DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. “Dragon” has made $192.2 million in six weeks of release.

“This one has held up better than anyone would’ve thought,” Bock said.

“Date Night,” a comedy starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell, remained in third place, taking in $7.6 million for News Corp. The film has posted sales of $73.6 million in four weeks of release.

‘Furry Vengeance’

“The Back-Up Plan,” a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez, dropped to fourth place from second with $7.3 million for CBS Corp.’s film division. Lopez plays a woman who meets the man of her dreams after she becomes artificially inseminated.

“Furry Vengeance,” which finished fifth and stars Brendan Fraser, follows a real estate developer who encounters resistance from woodland animals when construction starts on a new building.

Summit Entertainment “has been dipping their stick in all sorts of genres hoping for a hit apart from their ‘Twilight’ franchise,” Bock said.

He said moviegoers are anticipating the release next weekend of the “Iron Man 2” sequel, starring Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role from the 2008 film, which is based on the Marvel Comics character. “Iron Man” opened in May 2008 with $98.6 million, and earned a total of $318.3 million in domestic box-office revenue, according to Hollywood.com.

Sales Fall

“This could be the most anticipated film of the summer, if not the whole year,” Bock said. He said he expected the film may earn between $130 million and $140 million in its opening weekend and gross more than $400 million domestically.

Sales for the top 12 films fell 39 percent to $91.7 million from $150.4 million a year earlier, Hollywood.com said. Year-to-date receipts total $3.46 billion, up 6.3 percent from $3.25 billion. Attendance has increased 4.2 percent this year.

The following table has figures provided by studios to Los Angeles-based Hollywood.com. The amounts are based on actual ticket sales from April 30 through today.

Rev. Avg./ Pct. Total Movie (mln) Theaters Theater Chg. (mln) Wks ================================================================ 1 NIGHTMARE ON ELM $32.9 3,332 $9,875 -- $32.9 1 2 HOW TO TRAIN DRAGON 10.6 3,426 3,098 -31 192.2 6 3 DATE NIGHT 7.6 3,093 2,450 -28 73.6 4 4 THE BACK-UP PLAN 7.3 3,280 2,212 -41 23.0 2 5 FURRY VENGEANCE 6.6 2,997 2,211 -- 6.6 1 6 THE LOSERS 6.0 2,936 2,044 -36 18.1 2 7 CLASH OF THE TITANS 5.9 2,737 2,139 -34 153.9 5 8 KICK ASS 4.5 2,542 1,777 -52 42.2 3 9 DEATH AT A FUNERAL 4.1 2,271 1,816 -49 34.9 3 10 OCEANS 2.6 1,210 2,120 -58 13.5 2 11 THE LAST SONG 2.3 2,276 991 -40 58.6 5 11 ALICE IN WONDERLAND 1.5 1,050 1,408 -35 329.7 9

Top 12 Films Grosses

This Week Year Ago Pct.

(mln) (mln) Chg. ===================================

$91.7 $150.4 -39.1

Year-to-date Revenue

2010 2009

YTD YTD Pct.

(mln) (mln) Chg. ===================================

$3,455 $3,251 6.3

Year-to-date Attendance: 4.2%

To contact the reporter on this story: James Callan in New York at jcallan2@bloomberg.net.; Dan Hart in Washington at dahart@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Sylvia Wier at swier@bloomberg.net; Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net

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