BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Will ‘Elm Street’ Claw Its Way to the Top of the Charts?

Can the new Freddy Krueger slash his competition at the box office this weekend or will the kids come out to see Brendan Fraser fight furry animals?


There's just one week left to go before the summer movie season officially kicks off with the highly anticipated release of Iron Man 2. There's really only one new film that is sure to make a slash at the box office this weekend and that's director Samuel Bayer's re-imagining of the classic 1984 horror film A Nightmare On Elm Street. Oscar Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley takes over the iconic role from the character's originator Robert Englund and is joined by actress Rooney Mara (Dare) as Nancy Thompson, and actors Kyle Gallner (The Haunting In Connecticut and Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes has made a habit recently of taking contemporary classic horror films and trying to convert them into darker and more realistic horror movies for the next generation. It began in 2003 with their re-imagining of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the company has continued to make one remake after another out of beloved horror films like The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher and Friday the 13th. While most of those films did manage to eek out a decent box office total, none of them were able to capture the fan's love and excitement for the franchises the way the originals did. Since the announcement of this new remake, fans have been skeptical about whether the filmmakers would be able to capture that magic of the original.

In fact, in deep contrast to the excitement that comic book fans had when Haley was cast in the iconic role of Rorschach in Watchmen, horror fans were less than happy when they heard that he had been cast in the iconic role of Freddy Krueger. Complaints from, "He's too short," to "He's too serious for the role," started to surface. But things went from bad to worse when early film tests appeared revealing the look of the new Freddy and complaints came out about the make-up, that it was too realistic and did not show enough of the characters eyes. However, currently the film has thirty-two fans on our site and is tracking with an average rating of 4.0. So far, thirty-nine people have rated the film and twenty of them have given it five stars. The trailer is also tracking well with over 47,000 views.

Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new film, "I saw the original a few weeks ago and it is a good classic type of movie but this movie takes it to a new level, which I think is legit. I like the dark side of this film and a more serious Freddy. The original was good but this one looks way better." With all of that said, the film does promises to be a darker and more disturbing version of the original and is predicted to take the number one spot on the charts this weekend with an estimated $35.6 million. That should make Warner Bros. executives happy considering the film's purported $27 million production cost, as the film will earn that back in it's opening weekend.

Predicted to fall one space from last week is DreamWorks Animation's fire-breathing hit, How to Train Your Dragon. The film, which stars Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig as of last weekend had already earned $178 million in just five weeks on the charts, surpassing it's $165 million production cost. The film premiered at number one during its debut week but then dropped down to the lower part of the top five, where it stayed until two weeks ago when it bounced back to duke it out with Kick-Ass for the number one spot. While it ultimately came in second that weekend in a photo finish, it finally retained the top spot last week out of nowhere in it's fifth week on the charts.

The film currently has thirty fans on our site and is receiving an average rating of 4.7, while the trailer had over 9,000 views. Predicted to debut at number three this weekend is the children's animal comedy Furry Vengeance starring Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields. The film is predicted to earn around $8.9 million in it's opening weekend. Unfortunately, the film has only four fans on our site and is receiving an average rating of 2.2, however the trailer has received over 3,000 views. Sliding down two spaces from last week is superstar Jennifer Lopez's comedy The Back-Up Plan. The film, which also stars Alex O'Loughlin is predicted to earn another $7 million this weekend. The film earned $12.2 million last week and still has a ways to go if it wants to recoup its purported $35 million budget. While the film only has ten fans on our site it is receiving an average rating of 3.3 and the trailer has received almost 4,000 views. Predicted to round off the top five this weekend is the Steve Carell & Tina Fey comedy Date Night, which is predicted to earn another $6.6 million this weekend. As of last weekend, the film had already grossed a total of around $49.2 million in only three weeks, just shy of its $55 million purported production cost. The film currently has only thirteen fans on our site but has received an average rating of 4.0 and has had over 7,000 views of it's trailer

The rest of the top ten films at the box office this weekend are predicted to look like this. The 3D remake of the classic '80s Greek-mythology film Clash of the Titans starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes is predicted to stay at the same position it was last week, number six and earn an estimated $5 million. As of last weekend, the films total gross was around $132 million, already surpassing it's $125 million purported production cost. Coming in at number seven is predicted to be Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's extremely popular comic book series, Kick-Ass. The film, which stars Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz is predicted to drop two spots from last week but will still earn another $5 million at the box office. This should bring the film's total gross to around $40 million in just three weeks, earning a nice profit based on the film's $30 million purported production cost.

The adaptation of the extremely popular DC Comics/Vertigo graphic novel, The Losers starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short and Jason Patric is predicted to drop four spots to number eight this week, earning another $4.7 million. Unfortunately, that will still bring the film's total gross in two weeks to well under it's $25 million purported production cost. The remake of the British comedy Death At A Funeral starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, James Marsden, Luke Wilson, Zoe Saldana and Columbus Short is predicted to drop two spots to number nine this week and earn an estimated $4.1 million. Currently the film has grossed around $30 million in three weeks of release but has already made a nice profit considering its $21 million purported production cost.

Finally, predicted to take the tenth spot on the box office charts this week is the latest nature film from Walt Disney Studios, Oceans, narrated by Pierce Brosnan. The documentary surprisingly premiered at the number eight spot last week and is estimated to earn another $3.4 million at the box office this weekend. The film has earned around $10 million in its first week but it will have a ways to go if it wants to breakeven, seeing as the film supposedly cost around $80 million to produce. Be sure to check out Box Office Beat Down this Sunday to see who is crowned the King of the box office and check back here next week for more box office predictions!

Sources: Box Office Mojo
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  1. h0tproperty

    im also in a movie right now, go to WWW.LOVEHATETHEMOVIE.COM more people that get into it the better. im actor chris wilcox incase anyone goes to look at it.

    5 years agoby @h0tpropertyFlag

  2. h0tproperty

    gimme 10 years and ill personally remake Freddy and Myers the right way! step one finish school step two get famous step 3 have talented writers.

    5 years agoby @h0tpropertyFlag

  3. Hiddenstranger66

    While I'm glad they tried something new with Freddy's face, the story itself is a sh*tfest "rehashing" of the original, its no darker than the first at all and I was very disappointed to see them not do more from the POV of freddy himself, its always the same old bullsh*t, oh we can't fall asleep, kruger will rape us in the butt with finger blades, oh don't worry I'll wake you up, annoying chick makes the death swing after saying something painfully cheesy and cliche, judas priest come up with something new for the film or don't f*cking make it! What a waste of money, including my own for giving in to this worthless sack of crap. This is why I hate these movies, NOTHING changes, at f*cking all!

    5 years agoby @hiddenstranger66Flag

  4. TheDude1

    @brian So instead of a sequel to the remake you would rather have another crappy sequel to the original series? One of them is going to happening so why not something fresh?

    5 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  5. IamBATMAN

    after watching it, I would say that its probably the 3rd best in the entire franchise... very well done

    5 years agoby @iambatmanFlag

  6. Mwheeler1324

    Wow alot of HATERS on here, for Elm Street! Saw it opening night! It was good! People were Clappin at the end of the movie! It was GOOD NOT GREAT But good! I would see it again, well worth it! And it will be NO# 1 this weekend mark my words HATERS ha ha lmao!*

    5 years agoby @mwheeler1324Flag

  7. WongFu

    It's about the might buck and Hollywood doesn't care what we think, they'll make a sequel anyway.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  8. Brian

    @thedude1 Hoping it bombs means Hollywood stops ruining the legacy of these classics with subpar "remakes". So yes, we hope it dies a horrible death. Maybe that will inspire Hollywood to quit going after the quick buck and actually create something original, fresh and intriguing.


    5 years agoby @brianFlag

  9. EvilWhiteMale

    Saw a matinee this morning, so at least I didn't pay full price. It was definitely better that the last few corny Elm Street's, but they missed a great opportunity of rebooting the series properly. Now it's done and we'll have to wait another 25 years to start again. These guys claimed to be fans and wanted to please the core audience, but they came nowhere capturing the charm of the original. I could go on all day about what I disliked, but it's mostly based on popular complaints. I give the movie a solid "Nice try!"

    5 years agoby @evilwhitemaleFlag

  10. Dan

    Not interested in the new Freddy movie. I like JEH, but I'm just not excited over this one.

    5 years agoby @dan1Flag

  11. TheDude1

    First I want to say I haven't seen it yet but I am going in a few hours. Almost all the comments are bashing the movie(which is fine) and saying how you hope it bombs. Why do you hope it bombs? What do you get out of it? Also if it bombs there more than likely won't be a sequel which some of you may like that but what if they actually signed good writers for a sequel and got a good director? The odds are a sequel would be a lot better. Kind of like what was happening with Halloween. RZ's Halloween 2 did okay at the box office considering that no one thought it was going to do anything with that competition and they started listening to ideas about a sequel from Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer(who made My Bloody Valentine 3D). They shut production of it but that is because The Weinstein Company are a bunch of hacks and don't know what the heck they are doing.

    5 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  12. ed_wood

    I hope Dragon is number one again. I haven't seen Nightmare yet but I'm not hearing good things.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  13. ZanyZap

    Don't worry, dudes. Word of mouth about Furry Vengeance will escalate. Any movie with a 02% approval rate, staring Brendan Fraser - the Mummy Slayer, no less - and a cute, little raccoon is bound to break some records. Plus, it has packed with environmental themes and bad acting. Two for two, baby.

    5 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  14. ZanyZap

    Weak sauce. This movie couldn't live up to the original - wait, that arguments bullsh*t - it couldn't meet the standard of any half-way decent horror flick. Nightmare, indeed.

    5 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  15. Jokers_Wild_X

    Also...the trailer for Furry Vengeance Reviews... IT'S OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you...

    5 years agoby @jokers-wild-xFlag

  16. Jokers_Wild_X

    I can honestly say that I believe the Nightmare on Elm Street Remake was god awful terrible. As a fan of the series for a while, the movie was more like a crappy parody of it, and every 5 minutes was a jump out at you and "BOO"! scene, that had all the idiot kids and their girly girl girlfriends screaming because you see Freddy's claw pop out to some heavy orchestra ominous music. I couldn't stop laughing at how terrible the movie actually was. They had every cliche, every sh*t one liner, and the deaths were hillariously goofy! I mean, did you see how they killed off the blond chick? It reminded me of what my dog does to her chew toys when she gets hyper! XD
    This movie was so hillariously bad I'm surprised they never converted it to3-D,
    Also I'm not a fan that the writers stole several of my pick up lines:
    "F*ck you" "Sounds fun"
    "Your screaming only turns me on more"
    "I was only petting it!"
    But enough of that, this movie, surely will and has to flop, but unfortunately, the studio already signed Jackie for a trilogy, and I'm assuming we'll hve to deal with another crapfest slew of freddy movies, because none of them have been any good since the second or third one, (the movies before the one where he has to possess the pregnant girl i believe, cause that one just sucked.)
    So let's all just face it. As much as I'd hate to say Furry Vengeance to get on top, solely because I think it's the one movie just as bad as Nightmare that was put together one weekend where Brendan wasn't having his pets (the people that actually enjoy his work) lick peanut butter off of his balls to try and get his rocks off, I will say I agree with Rick, the hype and the idiot jock/guido vote (especially around New York) will deffinately make this movie top for the weekend, but soon as monday rolls around, Nightmare's goin down. Doubt it'll hit 100 mil. Oh well, that was my 49 cents. good Day.

    5 years agoby @jokers-wild-xFlag

  17. Dead By Dawn

    Hilarious. I'm with @brian. The remake is god awful. Blasphemous!

    5 years agoby @deadbydawnFlag

  18. Brian

    @narrator Ha! If you only knew who I was.

    Let me know how that little raisin running around dressed up like Freddy Krueger in the Elm St. remake is... I'll definitely let you know personally how Furry Vengeance is!

    5 years agoby @brianFlag

  19. the Narrator

    @Brian, how you're an official blows past me (and I've said this before). An official needs to take peoples own views as exactly that; their own, and leave it at that. Not go around throwing immature remarks at anyone who disagrees with you, especially those who are sane, and/or have good points.

    And FYI, I am not a Nightmare remake lover. I am still shaky on it. I was simply stating that your first comment was beyond immature. Just like many of your Avatar lover comments. I know you may not care what I think, and will probably come back at me with another irrational comment. If so, then f*ck you, and I'll call it a day. If not, then please respond formally, and we can actually try to convince each other on how to approach this remake.

    Either way, no one's gonna really take you seriously if you keep on responding in childish ways. And if you come back with an insult, do so with an one that makes sense, without having your buddy over there (who I still think is your other account) have to back you up. Cheers.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  20. Brian

    Friday the 13th just got denied a sequel @impeachobama. And no star is signed for any sequel... why? There isn't one.

    And really impeachobama? You're already a loser. Back to the outhouse with you, hillbilly.

    5 years agoby @brianFlag


    You tell 'em, @Brian. Oh, and @ImpeachObama: You're deluded. Elm Street will have a big weekend, sure, then TANK as the horrific reviews and mediocre-at-best word of mouth gets around. It won't touch $100 mil, and it won't get a sequel, just another reboot down the line.

    5 years agoby @rickafterdarkFlag


    Will Elm Street Claw "It's" Way? Really? "It's?" Come on, Movieweb. How do you expect our kids to learn how to spell and punctuate things correctly if you're setting examples like that?

    5 years agoby @rickafterdarkFlag

  23. Emmytt

    i bet the losers will be first maybe

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  24. Brian

    Looks like @grand-makwa is a little butt hurt too.

    Who's brain? Learn to spell. DOWN with this ELM ST remake you guys are so in love with! Furry Vengeance for the win! :)

    5 years agoby @brianFlag

  25. Lycan

    @brain might as well take Brendan Fraser scrotum out your mouth and get rid of your freddy avatar for saying sh*t like that.

    5 years agoby @grand-makwaFlag

  26. Justice23

    just got back from elm street

    pretty good remake

    there were quite a few really good jumps

    i think this will be number 1

    and i think kick ass should be higher on the list

    5 years agoby @justice23Flag

  27. Batman Rules !!!

    Furry bullcrap #11 please or better yet no money

    5 years agoby @the-fallenFlag

  28. Batman Rules !!!

    Too many freddy fans so that could be close

    5 years agoby @the-fallenFlag

  29. Timmy

    @narrator, it means you got upset. Are you ok?

    5 years agoby @timmyFlag

  30. the Narrator

    The f*ck does that even mean?

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

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