Box Office Report: 'Saw 3D' goes out on top with $24.2 mil

saw-3d-hoffmanImage Credit: Brooke PalmerMoviegoers were kind (or bloodthirsty) enough to provide the Saw franchise one last hurrah. Saw 3D, the seventh and supposed final entry in the successful horror series, imprisoned its competition and won the weekend by grossing $24.2 million, according to studio estimates. That’s up from the last Saw movie, Saw VI, which opened to a dull $14.1 million a year ago. However, Saw 3D‘s $24.2 million is only the fifth best debut for the series, so it’s clear that the franchise has lost some of its luster. Nevertheless, Lionsgate was quick to point out that the film, with a budget of less than $20 million, will still make a profit. According to the studio, 92 percent of Saw 3D‘s earnings came from 3-D screens, and 57 percent of the audience was less than 25 years old. CinemaScore audiences gave the flick a mediocre “B-” grade. Saw 3D will almost certainly tumble next weekend, but that’s been a common occurrence for the series — a series that, when all is said and done, will be buried with a domestic total of more than $400 million.

With Saw 3D as the only new wide release this weekend, the rest of the top five was occupied by holdovers that displayed varying signs of stamina. Last weekend’s winner, Paranormal Activity 2, plunged 59 percent for $16.5 million. The horror sequel has made $65.7 million after two weeks — a tremendous figure considering the film’s $3 million budget. But it appears the film may run out of steam before reaching the original movie’s final gross of $107.9 million. Summit’s Red remained in third place, dropping only 28 percent for $10.8 million and a cumulative tally of $58.9 million. The action comedy’s endurance, fueled mostly by older moviegoers, has been one of the most notable surprises this season. In fourth place, Jackass 3D plummeted 61 percent for a weekend grab of $8.4 million. The $20 million human spectacle will cross the $100 million mark today — the first R-rated comedy to do so since last year’s It’s Complicated. Rounding out the top five was Clint Eastwood’s supernatural drama Hereafter, which dropped 47 percent for $6.3 million.

In limited release, the Hilary Swank drama Conviction expanded to 565 theaters and earned a respectable $1.8 million — enough for 10th place. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the Swedish film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s third novel in the Millennium Trilogy, debuted in 13th place with $915,000 from 153 locations. The indie drama Welcome to the Rileys, starring Kristen Stewart and James Gandolfini, was given the cold shoulder by moviegoers. It grossed only $45,000 from 10 sites.

Check back next weekend as three new films — the Robert Downey Jr. comedy Due Date, Tyler Perry’s drama For Colored Girls, and DreamWorks’ animated Megamind — will battle for your money. And, no, you cannot buy a movie ticket with leftover Baby Ruths.

1. Saw 3D — $24.2 mil
2. Paranormal Activity 2 — $16.5 mil
3. Red — $10.8 mil
4. Jackass 3D — $8.4 mil
5. Hereafter — $6.3 mil

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  • Devin Faraci

    Saw and Paranormal are the worst movies.

    • b

      IA. So dumb.

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    • jj

      Yeah, I didn’t like the 1st Paranormal. It had some moments but it just dragged the rest of the time.

      • Dave

        I wasn’t too fond of the first one either. But my friends dragged me to the sequel last weekend and I actually thought it was better than the first. I was pleasantly surprised.

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    • w.w.

      never seen any of the “SAW” movies, they just dont appeal to me. but I do agree that the first PARANORMAL ACTIVITY was dull.. to quote rifftrax “it’s like watching paint dry in satan’s home”

  • Pslightly Psycho

    Devin: go f**k your grandmother again and stop with your innane comments.


      Sick. Whose is the innane comment?

  • Dominic

    Due Date vs Megamind next weekend ought to be interesting…and I shouldn’t count out Colored Girls either…will be a fun watch to see who ends up on top.

    Saw – please be the end…you were fun once but it’s like hooking up with your ex, sort of fun while you’re in it but afterwards you wonder why the heck you did it.

  • m1

    My picks for November? Morning Glory and Harry Potter 7 Part 1. Also, it’s nice to see that Welcome to the Riley’s, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and Conviction made decent amounts in their limited releases.

    • StewyFan

      It would be even nicer if those films were playing in my area. I want to see all three and Blue Valentine, but nothing yet.

    • KMK

      Went to see Conviction on Saturday it was a really good movie and it was really well acted. i hope it gets some oscar consideration.

    • Lily

      I saw The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest on Friday night and it rocked. A great ending to the 3 films. I think you need to know the story in order to appreciate it. Lisbeth Salander is the coolest character since Ripley in Alien, imo.

  • larry k

    I disagree about PA,it was very scary,and the sequel was too!Saw 3d was ok but,of course they left room forn a sequel.

    • Delena

      I really liked both PA1 and PA2.

  • Troy

    so M1 predicted last week that Paranormal Activity was going to be number 1 this weekend… HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!, proves that you know nothing, you loser

    • m1

      Great. Now that you’ve spoken you’re opinion, why don’t you tell it to someone who ACTUALLY CARES?

      • m1

        *your opinion.

      • Troy

        said the idiot who bother to respond to my post…

      • Adele

        Had the Saw movie not been in 3D and therefore had higher ticket cost, Paranormal would have been #1, so in essence M1, you were right.

  • tom

    i hope for colored girls wins next weekend…sick of will farrel (blades of glory)…and brad pitt has not been a draw in a long time…except for his wife! ERRR his girlfriend of 8 kids! And whike i love downey jr…i do not get the appeal of the hangover guy…except in the hangover…

    • Jeremy DC

      Wow. I think everything you said I disagree with.

    • Dee Jones

      I agree with you on the For Colored Girls being #1 next week!

    • Liz

      I wish Tylor Perry wasn’t involved in Colored Girls. It’s a great play. But he manages to screw everything up with over acting and the previews look like this movie won’t be any different.

  • StewyFan

    It really stinks that I can’t see WTTR. And thanks to people in the 10 areas where it showed seemingly not supporting, it looks like I won’t be able to see it anytime soon.

  • Mike Emery

    Paranormal Activity 2 is a great movie. Saw 3D on the other hand is boring, predictable, and panders to the 3D aspect. Worst money I’ve paid for a movie this year. Don’t waste your time.

    • mark

      Paranormal activity sucks! the first one was dull, boring and i wanted my money back. I cant believe anybody would find it scary, if u do it shows u dont know what a good scary movie is, saw 3d best movie of the year saw it twice

  • JohnKramer

    Saw 3D was for Saw fans. I have enjoyed all of the Saw movies, the most recent was is no exception. Was glad they had a scene with Tobin Bell in it; he has given humanity to a villainous character. After all of the Hellraiser movies, I need something that will really scare me. Paranormal Activity was as much of anon-movie as The Blair Witch Project–where nothing really happens.

  • Flip

    Paranormal Activity 2 was great, just like the first one. I enjoyed getting scared witless at this one just like I was last year with the first one.

    • Ryan

      Both of the Paranormal Activity movies suck. If you want a real scary movie start watching horror films out of Hong Kong and South Korea. I mean that is what most of the American Horror flicks end of being remakes of.

  • Tyler

    People who don’t like horror movie franchises like Saw and Paranormal Activity because they are “bad” movies ought to watch these movie with different point of view.

    • Ryan

      No, people don’t like them b/c they are crap. I mean they are remakes essentially. Not a single on of those movies was original.

  • Celia

    The box office has been so stale lately. I haven’t been to the movies in about 3 months and I dont regret it. Im looking forward to due date next weekend though.

  • justin

    Viewed Saw 3D in 3-D and wasn’t disappointed. Liked it a lot more than Saw VI. Left room for more, though.

  • Dave

    You all are totally sick mofos…so is this whole country!

    • m1

      Is that you, Larry David?

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