“Iron Man 2″ Was Strong Overseas, While “A Nightmare on Elm Street” Debuted at No. 1
While “Iron Man 2″ showing its strength overseas, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” had successfully terrorizing weekend’s box-office and therefore took the No. 1 seat.
The remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” led the weekend box office with an estimated $32.2 million debut domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday. Meanwhile the “Iron Man 2,” which has yet to hit theaters in North America, has raked in $100.2 million overseas, according to Reuters.
The superhero sequel starring Robert Downey Jr., got an international head start on its domestic debut this Friday, pulling in $100.2 million in 53 foreign markets. Based on the Marvel comic, “Iron Man 2″ opened in 6,764 theaters over the weekend, and brought in $12.2 million in Great Britain, $10.8 million in South Korea, $8.8 million in Australia and $8.2 million in France.
According to Paramount, the sequel of Tony Stark’s action flick had bigger openings than 2008′s “Iron Man” in every market. The first Iron Man made $98.6 million in the U.S. and Canada during its opening weekend in 2008 and made $585 million worldwide. Meanwhile, Elm Street’s opening is the biggest for an Elm Street flick, but not for a Freddy Krueger film. The Freddy vs. Jason hybrid broke $36 million in 2003. And in the history of horror movies, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” was unable to match the fresh start of “Friday the 13th,” whose remake had a $40 million opening weekend in February 2009.
“Iron Man 2,” continues the story of Downey’s billionaire superhero, a genius who builds himself a metal suit loaded with gadgets. It is scheduled to debut in North America on Friday. Downey was accompanied by Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson in the sequel, plus Mickey Rourke, who played the role of a new enemy with his own high-tech arsenal.
What about other movies on the list? Well… the newly spawned and most-buzzed movie, “The Human Centipede” crawled to a big number at its solo theater debut. It grossed $12,500 at one theater, while the Nicole Holofcener comedy/drama “Please Give” took home $128,696 at five theaters, boasted a higher per-screen average. Brendan Fraser’s family comedy “Furry Vengeance,” bombed with just $6.5 million.
The previous weekend’s No. 1 movie, DreamWorks Animation’s hit “How to Train Your Dragon,” slipped to second place with $10.8 million, raising its total to $192.4 million. And in its second weekend, Jennifer Lopez’s The Back-Up Plan earned $7.2 million; $22.9 million overall.
Here’s the complete top ten films Friday-Sunday, per estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
1. A Nightmare on Elm Street, $32.2 million
2. How to Train Your Dragon, $10.8 million
3. Date Night, $7.6 million
4. The Back-Up Plan, $7.2 million
5. Furry Vengeance, $6.5 million
6. The Losers, $6 million
7. Clash of the Titans, $5.98 million
8. Kick-Ass, $4.5 million
9. Death at a Funeral, $4 million
10. Oceans, $2.6 million
Congrats to both Tony Stark and Freddy Krueger!
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