Box Office Guru Wrapup: Fourth Saw Pic Generates $32M Debut

Lionsgates Saws the competition in half.

A pair of well-reviewed adult dramas followed suffering only small declines. George Clooney's legal thriller Michael Clayton dipped only 25% to an estimated $5M giving Warner Bros. a solid $28.7M to date. Miramax witnessed a good sophomore hold with its Ben Affleck-directed mystery Gone Baby Gone which took in an estimated $3.9M, down just 29%, pushing the ten-day total to $11.3M.

The sports spoof comedy The Comebacks collected an estimated $3.5M in its second weekend, down a moderate 38%, and put its sum at $10M after ten days. A $17-19M final is likely. Sony's crime drama We Own the Night followed dropping 37% to an estimated $3.4M giving the Joaquin Phoenix/Mark Wahlberg pic $25.1M thus far. Rounding out the top ten was the latest re-release of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas which fell 37% to an estimated $3.3M giving the Disney title $10M from its limited engagement.

Two star-driven underachievers dropped out of the top ten this weekend. The Reese Witherspoon-Jake Gyllenhaal drama Rendition declined by 42% in its second frame taking in an estimated $2.4M for a ten-day tally of just $7.8M. A $13-15M final should result for New Line. Paramount's Ben Stiller flop The Heartbreak Kid  tumbled 54% to an estimated $1.8M leaving the pic with only $35.1M overall. The Farrelly brothers project will struggle to reach $39M.

Generating a scorching bow in a platform launch in New York was Sidney Lumet's critically acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead which grossed an estimated $73,500 from only two houses for a strong $36,750 per site. ThinkFilm reported that numerous moviegoers were turned away at sold out shows on Friday and Saturday and that the film will expand into six additional markets for a total of 50 locations this Friday.

Also showing strength in its debut was the inspirational tale Bella with an estimated $1.3M from 165 playdates for a solid $8,026 average. The Roadside Attractions release targeted the Latino and faith-based audiences and won the Audience Award at Toronto last year.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $82M which was off 2% from last year when Saw III debuted in first place with $33.6M; and down a scant 1% from 2005 when Saw II opened in the top spot with $31.7M.

Author: Gitesh Pandaya, www.boxofficeguru.com

Comments

Ciaranmv

Ciaran Vejby

Damn.

Oct 28 - 05:52 PM

KISSman

Tommy D

A movie like Saw's opening weekend in-take is based, not on the quality of this film, but on how much people liked the previous installment.

"Saw IV" was the worst of the four. Even though the film had a pretty good opening weekend, it doesn't mean that it's all that good.

Oct 28 - 06:06 PM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

Saw > Saw IV > Saw III > Saw II.

Oct 28 - 06:47 PM

XBSHX

Mike Merritt

Saw > Saw II > Saw IV > Saw III

" A movie like Saw's opening weekend in-take is based, not on the quality of this film, but on how much people liked the previous installment.

"Saw IV" was the worst of the four. Even though the film had a pretty good opening weekend, it doesn't mean that it's all that good. "

In your opinion, stop trying to make your opinion appear to be fact.

Oct 28 - 06:56 PM

lamer

Nathaniel Bowman

(Raises fist to sky) DAMN YOU GOD!!!!

Oct 28 - 07:04 PM

tyler8186

Tyler Peterson

Saw 4> Saw 3
only for the fact that Amanda is not in the movie

Oct 28 - 07:11 PM

Bloody Mathias

Mathias N/A

Not surprising at all.

Enjoy these next 104 weeks, guys.
They're the longest the world's gone without a Saw sequel in 3 years.

Oct 28 - 08:12 PM

hewpot

Ballsack Enormous

Saw > Saw II > Saw IV > Saw III
...
I agree with everything XBSHX said

Oct 28 - 08:12 PM

Heath H.

Heath Huxall

Me as well, I thought 'Saw IV' was indeed better than 'Saw III'.

Oct 28 - 08:33 PM

Heath H.

Heath Huxall

Me as well, I thought 'Saw IV' was indeed better than 'Saw III'.

Oct 28 - 08:33 PM

Pilgermann

Michael Warren

If the first SAW is the best, then I'm glad I haven't seen the rest of them. SAW is a horrible horrible film.

Oct 28 - 10:54 PM

0LDB0Y

OLD BOY

I'm really glad that the industry is exposing all these gore and violence to millions of teens and yet we wonder why there's so much violence in this world.

If I ever see someone get decapitated in real life, I seriously would think "eh, seen it. Whatever" and go eat a hot dog.

Oct 29 - 01:48 AM

dOiNk

jason padinske

oldboy, grow up, you seriously have no freaking idea what you're talking about

but back to saw 4, movie was better than i expected. Once again some nice twists, kickass traps, and more story to jigsaw (which i love because tobin bell rocks)

Oct 29 - 03:53 AM

jasperoosterveld

Jasper Oosterveld

Un ****ing believable. What a waste of money.

Oct 29 - 02:54 AM

WorldDude

Andrew Passafiume

Saw IV was great; glad to see the series still just as popular as ever

Oct 29 - 03:52 AM

dOiNk

jason padinske

oldboy, grow up, you seriously have no freaking idea what you're talking about

but back to saw 4, movie was better than i expected. Once again some nice twists, kickass traps, and more story to jigsaw (which i love because tobin bell rocks)

Oct 29 - 03:53 AM

GravitaZ

Jon Mori

All the Saw haters are going to have an aneurysm by the time Saw VI is getting released.

Oct 29 - 04:42 AM

Gimy

Gimy Moo

ok, i'm an idiot...i know. i took a date to see that piece of sh3t and guess what? she got a kick out of me saying what was going to happen before it did. listen, the movie sucks. its BELOW MEDIOCRE entertainment but there's really nothing else that comes out. and honestly, it was better than halloween. that doesn't say much but sh3t, that movie made me run out of the theater and want to kick the sh3t out of rob zombie. i just wish people would stop cramming this garbage up our 2ss and saying its a GOOD flick. its not, they all suck. EVERY saw sucks. i cried laughing at the first one because the acting was soooo bad. they're badly done, POORLY written and the only reason people go see them is because it comes out during halloween and i'm borderline forced by friends to see the hunk of sh3t. this one had NOTHING. its sads. no gore, no laughing, no b33bies, no entertaining quality whatsoever. it was the worst one yet!

thank god the Saw people are stupid enough not to milk this series for what its worth, WHY take a year off...is beyond me. i know it only takes 6 minutes to write the entire movie, so whats your point of delaying it? the monkey who pens the script off doing a Planet of the Apes sequel or something??

Oct 29 - 06:01 AM

bt1091

Bret Thompson

it was good...deal with it

Oct 29 - 06:47 AM

jasperoosterveld

Jasper Oosterveld

Says somebody with a confederation flag......

Oct 29 - 11:51 AM

thereign

lance berry

BRAVO, Gimy! BRAVO!!!!

You have said what's on the mind of those of us everywhere who(PROUDLY) HATE this f***ing bullsh*t franchise!

YES!!!

Oct 29 - 08:50 AM

bt1091

Bret Thompson

it was good...deal with it

Oct 29 - 06:47 AM

jasperoosterveld

Jasper Oosterveld

Says somebody with a confederation flag......

Oct 29 - 11:51 AM

Gimy

Gimy Moo

bt, you have no taste in movies. you should watch more than one horror a year...and you'd realize there's alot better flix out there. all i wanna know is why you cats think its "good". were you scared? were you, gulp, SURPRISED by any of it? i don't get it. swear to god, the only props i can give is the transition sequence between scenes when he throws the cat through the glass and the dude comes in the door. THAT, was coo. honestly, that was the only good thing about the movie. so fans, tell us morons who can't see the greatness in this series, whats good about it...

Oct 29 - 07:03 AM

thereign

lance berry

BRAVO, Gimy! BRAVO!!!!

You have said what's on the mind of those of us everywhere who(PROUDLY) HATE this f***ing bullsh*t franchise!

YES!!!

Oct 29 - 08:50 AM

dOiNk

jason padinske

lol, gimy you sound like such a little girl... the saw franchise is good, get over it. it has better writing and is definitely more entertaining than 3/4 of the horror movies that come out. Why you people insist on bashing every little thing instead of just relaxing and enjoying a decently thought out movie is beyond me.

Oct 29 - 09:00 AM

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