Freddy Krueger is the last of the major 1980s slashers to be remade, and the character was arguably the most popular: the franchise's eight movies have totaled $307.4 million (or over $540 million adjusted for ticket price inflation), giving it a higher per movie average but a lower total than the more prolific Jason Voorhies and Michael Myers. However, Freddy's also the trickiest to resurrect, given that the character is strongly associated with actor Robert Englund and that he was quite verbose. The silent, masked and anonymous Michael, Jason and Leatherface were far easier to deal with, which is why they made the remake cut first.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre drew first blood in the current horror remake frenzy. Released in Oct. 2003, it opened to $28.1 million and ultimately served up $80.6 million. Halloween (2007) followed and pulled in $26.4 million its first weekend and closed with $58.3 million. Last year, Friday the 13th (2009) was unleashed with a $40.6 million start but rapidly bled out to a $65 million final tally. The new Nightmare is from the same producer as the Massacre and Friday the 13th remakes: Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes banner.
Predating all of this, both Freddy and Jason came off the bench for Freddy Vs. Jason (note Freddy had top billing despite being a younger franchise), which smashed into theaters in Aug. 2003. It grabbed $36.4 million out of the gate and went on to gross $82.6 million in total. The year before that, Jason was brought back for Jason X, which had an end-of-April launch like the Nightmare remake but only mustered a $6.6 million start and was buried at just $13.1 million.
In Box Office Mojo's "When will you see it?" polling, A Nightmare on Elm Street has scored a 27 percent first weekend response, which is in the same range as past horror titles Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV and Halloween (2007), but a bit less than Friday the 13th (2009)'s 30.5 percent.
Kids critter comedy Furry Vengeance is an entry in an often popular sub-genre that includes pictures like the Doctor Dolittle movies, Mouse Hunt and Kangaroo Jack. In a statement to Box Office Mojo, distributor Summit Entertainment said they originally wanted to release Furry on Easter weekend, but ultimately didn't want to open in the wake of How to Train Your Dragon nor too close to Shrek Forever After, hence the April 30 date.
Summit considers Furry's comparables to be Underdog, Aliens in the Attic, Shorts and The Spy Next Door, and Box Office Mojo's readers have indicated approximately the same level of interest as most of those movies. Summit also reported that the movie is predictably tracking best with kids under 12 years old and their parents/families.