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FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Scares Off The Competition In 2-D

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A Nightmare on Elm Street took the top spot, with $32.2M in ticket sales. Out all of the recent releases, it’s the second movie released in 2-D, after Date Night, to open at number one. Not surprisingly after the meteoric success of Alice in Wonderland and Clash of the Titans, New Line reportedly attempted to convert the remake of the 80s horror film into 3-D until the producers protested the decision. Director Samuel Bayer told the LA Times:

We pushed back. This was shot in 2-D and was meant to be shown in 2-D. Just like I don’t want to see a lot of great movies remade — I don’t want to see a lot of them in 3-D.

The decision not to use the popular technology (which also meant forgoing the higher ticket prices that go along with it) didn’t hurt its box office gross at all; another example that makes the studios mad dash to release everything in 3-D seem increasingly ridiculous. In the latest issue of Newsweek Chicago Sun-Times’ critic Roger Ebert rails against the technology. He writes:

3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood’s current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction. For others, it creates nausea and headaches. It is driven largely to sell expensive projection equipment and add a $5 to $7.50 surcharge on already expensive movie tickets. Its image is noticeably darker than standard 2-D. It is unsuitable for grown-up films of any seriousness. It limits the freedom of directors to make films as they choose. For moviegoers in the PG-13 and R ranges, it only rarely provides an experience worth paying a premium for.

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1. A Nightmare on Elm Street (New Line) $32.2M

2. How to Train Your Dragon (Dreamworks) $10.8M, Cume $192M

3. Date Night (Fox) $7.6M, Cume $73.6M

4. The Back-Up Plan (CBS Films) $7.24M, Cume $22.9

5. Furry Vengeance (Summit) $6.5M

6. The Losers (Warner Bros.) $6M, Cume $18.1M

7. Clash of the Titans (Warner Bros.) $5.98M, Cume $154M

8. Kick-Ass (Marv Films) $4.45M, $42.2M

9. Death at a Funeral (Screen Gems) $4M, Cume $34.8M

10. Oceans (Disney) $6M, Cume $2.62M, Cume $13.2M

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*Bold indicates the weekend’s new releases.
Source: Box Office Mojo

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