CATEGORIES New Releases, Box Office, Movie News, UK Box Office, New Releases, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeIt's the summer season, and welcome to it. Grossing $133 million over the three-day weekend -- over $30 million more than its predecessor (and not too far off my $120 million prediction, saving me the usual embarrassment for once) -- Iron Man 2 posted the second-highest May opening of all time, behind only Spider-Man 3. And given Spidey 3's terrible reviews and pitiful staying power, Iron Man 2 may actually threaten that film's $336 million domestic cume. On the other hand, I personally found Iron Man 2 kind of dreary, and doubt it will have the word-of-mouth to stick around more than a few weeks either.
A Nightmare on Elm Street suffered the expected enormous second-weekend drop -- a whopping 72%. As I wrote last week, the sizable opening weekend followed by a rapid deflation is part of the horror remake pattern. The inexpensive film has already done what was required of it. It will end up at just under $60 million, which is plenty to ensure a steady stream of these movies for some time to come. In the meantime, the enormously well-liked How to Train Your Dragon crossed $200 million. The sequel was announced a couple weeks ago.
Down in the 10-spot, Babies, the documentary about Babies, fell victim somewhat to its lack of a concept, though Focus certainly did its best to push the cuteness and Mother's Day angles. Still, $1.5 million isn't bad for a doc.
The full top 10 after the jump.
1 - Iron Man 2 (Paramount) - $133.6 ($30,502) - new - $133.6
2 - A Nightmare on Elm Street (New Line) - $9.2 ($2,752) - 72% - $48.5
2 - How to Train Your Dragon (DW Animation) - $6.8 ($2,251) - 36% - $201.1
4 - Date Night (Fox) - $5.3 ($1,939) - 30% - $80.9
5 - The Back-Up Plan (CBS) - $4.3 ($1,447) - 40% - $29.4
6 - Furry Vengeance (Summit) - $4.0 ($1,332) - 40% - $11.6
7 - Clash of the Titans (WB) - $2.3 ($1,069) - 60% - $157.8
8 - Death at a Funeral (Screen Gems) - $2.1 ($1,231) - 49% - $38.3
9 - The Losers (WB) - $1.8 ($735) - 69% - $21.5
10 - Babies (Focus) - $1.6 ($2,949) - $1.6
Next week: Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, the mawkish romance Letters to Juliet (which had a sneak preview yesterday), and the Queen Latifah rom-com Just Wright.