“Nightmare on Elm Street” Tops Weekend Box Office

Freddy Krueger proved that he could still pull off a good scare at the tills more than 26 years since his debut, as “A Nightmare on Elm Street” dominated the weekend box-office battle. “Nightmare” raked in an estimated $32.2 million in its first weekend, enough to recoup Time Warner’s production expenses of about $30 million.

The remake of the 1984 horror flick stars Jackie Earle Haley as the blade-wielding Freddy Krueger. The weekend’s only other new release, Brendan Fraser’s “Furry Vengeance” tanked at the box office with a measly $6.5 million for fifth place. DreamWorks Animation’s leggy “How to Train Your Dragon” collected a respectable $10.8 million for a six-week total of $192.4 million.

The Steve Carell and Tina Fey comedy “Date Night” followed “Dragon” in third place with $7.6 million. Jennifer Lopez’s “The Back-Up Plan,” which opened in second place last week, dropped to fourth this week with $7.2 million.

“Nightmare” is expected to lose its hold on the top spot next week as horror fans usually troop to theaters in the first few days of a film’s release.