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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 05/ 3/2010

Weekend box office: Freddy kills

By Jen Chaney

Apparently moviegoers genuinely missed Freddy Krueger. Either that, or there was just nothing else to see at the movies over the past couple of days.

Whatever the reason, despite bad reviews, "A Nightmare on Elm Street" easily took the top spot at the weekend box office. A few quick bullet points on the weekend's winners and losers:

(Warner Bros/New Line)

As I just mentioned, "Nightmare on Elm Street" not only took the no. 1 spot, it opened strong, taking in $32.2 million and, according to Box Office Mojo, bringing in nearly half of its weekend cash on Friday alone. Its performance certainly was boosted by the fact that, aside from a craptastic Brendan Fraser movie, it was the only new wide release. Of course, that all changes this coming weekend, when "Iron Man 2" thunders into theaters.

Speaking of that lousy Brendan Fraser movie, "Furry Vengeance" had a lousy opening weekend, making just $6.5 million. Guess families were still taking their kids to see "How to Train Your Dragon" instead, which dropped to second place with $10.8 million. The well-received, animated 3-D movie is inching closer to the $200 million mark.

Also wanted to note that "Date Night" has continued to do solid business, hanging strong in third place for the third straight week. This may prove that some adults really do want to see comedies about other adults. It also may prove that when people decide to go to the movies for a date night, the obvious choice is to see a flick called "Date Night."

The summer movie season officially gets underway this weekend with the arrival of "Iron Man 2." Does anything else even have a chance of beating it? Tell us by voting in the poll below:

By Jen Chaney  | May 3, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
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America sets an example that other countries should surely try to emulate. Take that, you Frenchies and your damn operas, plays, etc.

Posted by: Sutter | May 3, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I found the remake of NOES to be meh. I was bored.

Though I do approve of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddie & I'll be interested to see where they take the franchise next.

Posted by: wadejg | May 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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