Weekly Anticipation Index: 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'

Featured Stories - on February 27, 2010 by Phil Contrino

Freddy Krueger is back this April in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Are audiences ready for a new horror reboot?

This week, we've added A Nightmare on Elm Street and Furry Vengeance to our Anticipation Index. Both films are scheduled to hit theaters on April 30.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street follows in the footsteps of recent horror reboots such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween and Friday the 13th. All three of those films opened strong before falling fast. For instance, Friday the 13th debuted to $40.5 million, yet it only managed $65 million during its domestic run. That's a clear message from moviegoers that the new take on the series didn't work. If A Nightmare on Elm Street is going to spawn a series of sequels, then it needs to show staying power beyond the opening weekend.

The success of Summit's Furry Vengeance depends largely on the drawing power of Brendan Fraser. Yet Fraser is far from the dominant box office presence he once was. His last two efforts-Inkheart and Extraordinary Measures-opened to $6 million and $7.6 million, respectively. Still, Furry Vengeance could post solid numbers based solely on the fact that it's one of the only films in April that will be ideal for family audiences.

Check out our predictions for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Furry Vengeance as well as other films in the table below.

Weekly Anticipation Index, February 27, 2010
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Alice in Wonderland March 5 Disney $73M $200M
Brooklyn's Finest March 5 Overture $12M $30M
Green Zone March 12 Universal $20M $55M
Remember Me March 12 Summit $15M $35M
The Bounty Hunter March 19 Sony/Columbia $27M $75M
Diary of Wimpy Kid March 19 20th Century Fox $12M $40M
Repo Men March 19 Universal $9M $23M
Hot Tub Time Machine March 26 MGM $15M $45M
How to Train Your Dragon March 26 DreamWorks Animation $50M $160M
The Last Song March 31 Disney $15M $45M
Clash of the Titans April 2 Warner Bros. $65M $180M
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? April 2 Lionsgate $22M $50M
Date Night April 9 20th Century Fox $40M $125M
Kick-Ass April 16 Lionsgate $30M $75M
Death at a Funeral April 16 Sony/Screen Gems $18M $50M
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps April 21 20th Century Fox $17M $60M
Oceans April 22 Disney $7M $22M
MacGruber April 23 Universal $16M $45M
The Losers April 23 Warner Bros. $14M $32M
The Back-up Plan April 23 CBS Films $10M $27M
A Nightmare on Elm Street April 30 Warner Bros./New Line $36M $70M
Furry Vengeance April 30 Summit $11M $35M

*= four-day weekend

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Weekly Anticipation Index, A Nightmare on Elm Street, remake, reboot, Platinum Dunes, Friday the 13th, Jackie Earle Haley, horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Robert Englund, Furry Vengeance, Brendan Fraser, box office estimates, box office

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