‘Saw 3D’ revives its buzz at the B.O.

HollywoodNews.com: “Saw 3D” rallied at the Halloween box office with $24.2 million this past weekend, upsetting “Paranormal Activity 2’s” hold on the top spot. It’s a reversal of fortune for the “Saw” property. Last year at this time, “Paranormal Activity” was a surprise hit and cut into the ticket sales of “Saw VI” which fell short of its previous chapters with a cume of $27.7 million.

“Saw 3D” attracted mostly males under 25. The film was made for around $20 million. Previous “Saws” have cost around $10 million, however, a 3D shoot pushed the budget higher.

“Paranormal Activity 2” continued to frighten crowds with $16.5 million and a 10-day cume of $66 million.

With younger moviegoers either partying or watching a horror film, adults kept a number of award season potential titles afloat, i.e. “The Social Network,” “The Town” and “The Secretariat.”

Below are the top 10 weekend estimates. Actuals are reported on Monday.

1. Saw 3D (Lionsgate, wk. 1): $24.2 million at 2,808 theaters. $8,619 average.

2. Paranormal Activity 2 (Paramount, wk. 2): $16.5 million -59% at 3,239 theaters. $5,094 average. Domestic total: $66 million.

3. Red (Summit, wk. 3): $10.8 million -28% at 3,349 theaters. $3,228 average. Domestic total: $59 million.

4. Jackass 3D (Paramount, wk. 3): $8.4 million -60% at 3,139 theaters. $2,684 average. Domestic total: $102 million.

5. Hereafter (Warner Bros., wk 3):$6.3 million -47% at 2,424 theaters. $2,607 average. Domestic total: $22 million.

6. Secretariat (Disney, wk. 4):$5.1 million -28% at 3,108 theaters. $1,632 average. Domestic total: $45 million.

7. The Social Network (Sony, wk. 5): $4.7 million -35% at 2,767 theaters. $1,699 average. Domestic total: $80 million.

8. Life As We Know It (Warner Bros., wk. 4): $4 million -35% at 2,860 theaters. $1,399 average. Domestic total: $44 million.

9. The Town (Warner Bros., wk. 7): $1.95 million -29% at 1,608 theaters. $1,213 average. Domestic total: $88 million.

10. Conviction (Fox Searchlight, wk. 3): $1.8 million +502% at 565 theaters. $3,230 average. Domestic total: $2.4 million.


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One Comment

  • November 1, 2010 | Permalink |

    Every saga eventually dies . . ., 28 October 2010
    Author: gmarrast from Canada

    But you might as well go out with a bang! Saw 3D is without a doubt the perfect conclusion to the long drawn out horror/torture franchise. After Saw 3, fan base has slowly started to decline over the years, but fortunately with the help of Saw VI, and Saw 3D’s brilliant director, Kevin Greutert, the saga has come to a brilliant, yet well-deserved ending.

    The acting has taken a tremendous leap from the previous films, and the traps . . . Ooh, don’t get me started, you have to see it to learn more. FYI, not for the little ones; this movie will make you cringe, wrestle, and writhe with terror for Greutert’s display of violence and gore.

    Without a doubt, this is Saw’s biggest and most daring achievement, but it is one to be admired. Its brought the series up from its metaphorical rut, which would be Saw 3, Saw 4, and Saw 5, but in the end, you will be satisfied. Worth every single penny, and in brain-twisting 3D. Saw 3D, is this year’s, Halloween treat to the movies.

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