'Iron Man 2' kicks off boffo summer overseas
Warner Bros. and New Line scared up a healthy launch this weekend at the domestic B.O., with its “Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot claiming the top spot with an estimated $32.2 million at 3,332 locations.
And while “Nightmare” comes a week before Paramount’s “Iron Man 2” kick off, the comic book sequel has already bowed in 53 overseas territories for an iron-clad take of $100.2 million.
Debut marks a rare occurrence that the international B.O. comes first in the summer push, with Par hoping to take advantage of the May Day holiday overseas, as well as lengthen playability before the World Cup in June.
Domestically, Summit’s kidpic “Furry Vengeance” launched mid-frame, opening to a muted $6.5 million at 2,997 locations. The debut characterized what was an overall modest weekend in anticipation of the Stateside bow of “Iron Man 2.” Domestic grosses slumped, down some 35% from the same weekend last year, which saw the $85.1 million opening of 20th Century Fox’s tentpole installment “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
Still, this year’s frame was not without its highlights.
Sony Pictures Classics’ specialty pic “Please Give” debuted with a healthy per-screen average of $25,739 for a total weekend take of $128,696 at five engagements in New York and L.A.