New "Nightmare" scares up $32.2M to open on top

Freddy Kreuger beats the competition in this slasher flick remake's weekend debut

Published May 3, 2010 12:10PM (EDT)

Freddy Krueger is raking in cash at the box office again.

A remake of the slasher flick "A Nightmare on Elm Street" led the weekend with a $32.2 million debut. The movie features Jackie Earle Haley as Krueger, a psycho killer who stalks and slays victims in their dreams.

Fright films typically drop steeply in their second weekends, since hardcore horror fans rush out to see them in the first few days. But the remake already is headed toward a solid profit after an opening weekend that roughly matched its modest production budget of just over $30 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, Brendan Fraser's family comedy "Furry Vengeance," bombed with just $6.5 million.

By Associated Press

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