Audiences lapped up the remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street with Jackie Earle Haley as the heinous Freddy Krueger as Warner Bros reported a $32.2m number one launch.
New Line’s remake of the 1984 original also stars Kyle Gallner and Rooney Mara.
How To Train Your Dragon in second added $10.8m for $192.4m after six weekends and Date Night held firm in third for Fox on $7.6m for $73.6m after four.
The only other new release in the top ten was Summit Entertainment’s family adventure Furry Vengeance starring Brendan Fraser, which opened in fifth place on $6.5m.
Samuel Goldwyn and Destination Films opened the Michael Caine vigilante film Harry Brown on 19 screens in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago and reported $180,957 for a $9,525 per-screen average. Harry Brown will expand on May 14 into ten major markets.
Sony Pictures Classics opened Nicole Holofcener’s drama Please Give starring Catherine Keener on $128,000 from five for a fine $25,600 per-screen average.
Next weekend’s wide release is Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 2, which Paramount id distributing in 4,000 theatres. Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke and Gwyneth Paltrow star. Focus Features opens the documentary Babies, albeit in approximately 510 theatres.
Estimated Top 10 North America April 30-May 2 2010
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (-) A Nightmare On Elm Street (Warner Bros) $32.2m –
2 (1) How To Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks Animation/Paramount) PPI $10.8m $192.4m
3 (3) Date Night (Fox) Fox Int’l $7.6m $73.6m
4 (2) The Back-Up Plan (CBS Films) SPRI $7.2m $22.9m
5 (-) Furry Vengeance (Summit Entertainment) Summit Int’l $6.5m –
6 (4) The Losers (Warner Bros) WBPI $6m $18.1m
7 (6) Clash Of The Titans (Warner Bros) WBPI
8 (5) Kick-Ass (Lionsgate) Lionsgate/Universal $4.5m $42.2m
9 (7) Death At A Funeral (Screen Gems) SPRI $4m $34.8m
10 (8) Oceans (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $2.6m $13.5m