The weekend box office was virtually a carbon copy of the week before with the top four films returning, in order, running from second to fifth. Only one new film cracked the top five and landed in top spot.
Lionsgate’s Jigsaw, another film in the Saw octalogy, debuted in the top spot with an estimated $16.2 million. While a low opening to be sure the film is another in a long line of microbudget films and only cost $10 million to produce. The opening is the second lowest in the seven-year dormant film series so far. After seeing annual releases for seven straight years the fatigued franchise was shelved after the seventh film opened at a series low $14 million and only grossed $27.6 million domestically. It doesn’t look like the eighth film has breathed any new life into the beleaguered franchise.
Rounding out the top five were last week’s top film Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween with $10 million and second place, Warner Bros.’ struggling disaster film Geostrom with $5.7 million, and Universal’s Happy Death Day with another $5.1 million. Warner’s Blade Runner 2049 rounded out the top five with $4.0 million.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment was Paramount’s Suburbicon which opened with a disastrous $2.8 million. While it opened in fewer screens than Jigsaw the film had only a fifth of the per screen average.
Next week Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok hit domestic screens. The film already opened internationally in a few markets over the weekend and has already surpassed $100 million internationally. The film is sure to be another domestic hit and dominate the box office this weekend. Also hitting theatres in limited release is Pokémon: I Choose You! which will see extremely limited screenings on Sunday and Monday.
1 | Jigsaw (Lionsgate) $16.2 mil
2 | Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! (Lionsgate) $10.0 mil
3 | Geostorm (Warner Bros.) $5.7 mil
4 | Happy Death Day (Universal) $5.1 mil
5 | Blade Runner 2049 (Warner Bros.) $4.0 mil