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Box Office Breakdown: Freddy Krueger a Theatrical Nightmare

Nightmare on Elm Street

Even though it’s a recurring dream, can still still scare up a few dollars.

Warner Bros.’ reboot of the horror classic clawed its way up to the top of the charts this weekend with a bloody good $32.9 million. Director Samuel Bayer’s first feature film more than tripled its nearest competitor while just falling shy of Freddy vs. Jason‘s $36 million open in 2003. (This installment did, though, top all other Elm street debuts.)

Meanwhile, it appears Brendan Fraser’s latest entry may have actually scared away audiences. , also starring Brooke Shields, only grossed $6.6 million over the last three days. Sadly, that amount was still higher than what Fraser generated in his last film…with Harrison Ford. (Extraordinary Measures unfolded to $6 million back in January.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Jennifer Lopez Needs a Back-up Plan

The Back-Up Plan

Jennifer Lopez’s recent performance at the box office - like her number at the American Music Awards - wasn’t exactly flawless.

, Lopez’s first major release since 2005, was not what moviegoers had planned for their few days off. The romantic comedy, which co-stars Alex O’Loughlin, earned a lackluster $12.2 million in ticket sales and a seat behind the five-week-old How to Train Your Dragon.

CBS Films did have one thing to brag about though: it’s movie performed better than any new wide release this weekend. (Granted, that isn’t saying much.) - an actioner featuring a large ensemble of actors - wrangled up a disappointing $9.4 million for fourth place. While that was enough to surpass last week’s champ, Kick-Ass, the two films were only separated by about $400,000. Meanwhile, Oceans, Disney’s nature documentary, landed in 8th place with $6.1 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Kick-Ass Saves Its Ass

Kick-Ass

had a hard time living up to its name this weekend.

Despite high expectations for the R-rated superhero entry, Matthew Vaughn’s film barely won the box office battle. In fact, it looked on Sunday like Lionsgate’s actioner would place second overall. Fortunately, the final numbers worked in Kick-Ass’ favor…but not by much. Less than $200,000 separated from this week’s chart topper.

Meanwhile, attendance at ‘s services was good enough to get the comedy a fourth place debut. Neil LaBute’s remake of the 2007 British film recovered most of its budget - it cost approximately $21 million to make - with its $16.2 million gross.

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Box Office Breakdown: Titans Disappoints Date Night

Clash of the Titans

Looks like Sunday wasn’t a great day for a .

Despite early predictions that the Steve Carell/Tina Fey laugher would end the weekend with a $27.1 million take and a first place finish, the movie wound up falling slightly short. When the final numbers were turned in, the Shawn Levy-directed comedy had raked in just $25.2 million in ticket sales - positioning it right between and How to Train Your Dragon.

Although Date Night did not come close to surpassing Carell’s personal best (Get Smart opened to $38.7 million in 2008), it did top Fey’s previous high (Baby Mama‘s $17.4 million from 2008).

Meanwhile, the only other entry in this weekend’s Top 10 was a movie that only opened in 897 theaters. - which only grossed $1.1 million and a $1,228 per screen average - helped push Shutter Island and She’s Out of My League off the charts.

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Box Office Breakdown: Titans Rules Over Competition

Clash of the Titans

’ use of 3D may not have been favorably reviewed, but that didn’t keep the remake from conquering the box office.

The Warner Bros. film, which was delayed for a last-minute technology upgrade, officially became the biggest Easter weekend opener to date. Titans’ $61.2 million topped previous holiday champ Scary Movie 4 and bested 1999’s The Matrix to become the best April release ever. (That 1999 film debuted to $27.8 million.)

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In Theaters This Weekend: April 2, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 2, 2010

2012 DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • 2012: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Alice in Wonderland (1933): DVD
  • The Beaches of Agnes: DVD
  • Castle in the Sky (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD
  • Clash of the Titans: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cold Souls: DVD
  • Curious George 2: Follow that Monkey: DVD
  • Gentlemen Broncos: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD
  • My Neighbor Totoro (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD
  • The Neverending Story: DVD, Blu-ray

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Remake News: Conan the Barbarian, The First Star and More


Conan the Barbarian: Jason Momoa is the man who will likely step into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s old loincloth. The Stargate Atlantis hunk is currently in talks to front a reboot of Conan the Barbarian, a 1982 entry starring California’s current governor. In the actioner, Momoa, as the title character, would avenge the deaths of his father and tribe. (It’s a role Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz was also vying for.) Filming will begin this March in Bulgaria.

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Clash of the Titans Trailers - Now and Then


Well - If that doesn’t have testosterone spelled all over it, I’m not sure what does.

Thought Prince of Persia looked a little too…Disney? Wishing Sam Worthington wasn’t a cyborg or a blue Jar Jar Binks? Need a good reason to dust off your useless Greek mythology knowledge?

In this new trailer for , Avatar‘s Worthington wields a sword as the heroic son of Zeus (Liam Neeson). The remake follows Perseus on his journey to battle Hades (Ralph Fiennes), the god of the underworld.

The updated version of Titans will open on March 26. Until then, you can rewatch the

cheesy

classic 1981 trailer starring Harry Hamlin after the jump.

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Getting Into Character: Sam Worthington in Clash of the Titans

Sam Worthington in Clash of the Titans

Hugh Jackman may be the Aussie getting most of the attention right now, but here’s a name you should remember: .

Last month, the actor got his big break starring opposite Christian Bale in . It was a role James Cameron, Worthington’s director on this December’s Avatar, suggested him for. Now Sam’s testing his fighting skills in a different forum.

The picture above is from , a remake of the 1981 film. In it, Worthington plays Perseus, the son of Zeus (Liam Neeson). The “epic action adventure” follows Perseus’ journey to battle Hades (Ralph Fiennes), the god of the underworld.

Titans, which is being directed by The Incredible Hulk‘s Louis Leterrier, also stars (Quantum of Solace), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale), Jason Flemyng (Benjamin Button) and Alexa Davalos (Defiance).

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