Box Office Report: Saw 3D Slashes the Competition

by | Oct 31st, 2010 | 11:41PM | Filed under: Box Office News

Absolutely no surprises in the ticket-sale race over Halloween weekend!

1) Saw 3D (aka Saw 7), $22.5 million

Guess who WASN’T one of the people chipping in $10 to make the supposedly final chapter in the Saw franchise #1 at the box office? Me.  I’ve never seen any of these films and I don’t plan to. I merely found out what happened in the original installment, and that was enough to do me in. No thank you. But I hope everyone else who saw the movie “in eye-popping 3D” (I have a feeling that ad slogan was put to good–and very literal–use on screen) had a blast.  Like the vast majority of horror films, Saw 3D wasn’t screened for critics (not that I would’ve gone anyway), but I have heard that audiences liked it a bit better than the last few flicks revolving around the evil Jigsaw. Did you see it?  Agree or disagree with the above statement?

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paranormal activity 22) Paranormal Activity 2, $16.5 million

Another one I don’t plan on seeing! (Although I’m much more curious about PA2 than I should be, considering my card-carrying member of the Fraidy-Cat Club status). The sequel dropped 60% from its opening weekend — probably would have done a bit better had Saw not invaded, giving it stiff competition amongst moviegoers looking for a fright on the most spooky of weekends.

Read Locke’s review of Paranormal Activity 2

RED3) RED, $10.8 million

Take THAT, young’uns!  Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren continue to show the kiddies how it’s done. Their action-comedy is holding on strong at theaters, and just earned back its $58 million budget.

Read Erika’s review of RED

Jackass 3D4) Jackass 3D, $8.4 million

Those who weren’t looking to be scared or entertained by aging A-listers sought their kicks the old-fashioned way: watching a bunch of dudes do dumb stuff. Jackass 3D has now earned a whopping $101.6 million in three weeks.  I weep for the nation!

Read Locke’s take on all things Jackass

Hereafter5) Hereafter, $6.3 million

Let’s hope the afterlife is kinder to Clint Eastwood’s supernatural-themed drama, which dropped 47% in its second week and has earned just $22 million in total. Considering its high-powered director and leading man combo, those are some pretty grim (reaper) figures.

Read Erika’s review of Hereafter

This coming Friday I predict that theater traffic will pick up significantly, thanks to the Robert Downey Jr./Zach Galifianakis road-trip comedy Due Date, Janet Jackson leading an ensemble cast in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, and the family-friendly Megamind, which boasts a big-name voice cast led by Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey. My money’s on Due Date!

6 Responses to “Box Office Report: Saw 3D Slashes the Competition”

  1. matphoto
    Posted on November 1, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Definitely don’t plan on seeing Saw either. I can do scary and I can do gory, but the Saw movies take the torture thing way too far for me.

  2. Linda Patten
    Posted on November 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I have seen all of the Saw movies and I was expecting great things from Saw 3D, but I have to admit I should have waited for the DVD to come out. I was very disappointed.

  3. Fiirvoen
    Posted on November 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I think it will be a close call between Due Date and Megamind. I think Megamind will pull ahead though.

    Posted on November 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    What about 127 hours?

  5. Georgie
    Posted on November 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I agree with Fiirvoen. Megamind looks like it will take top spot. Due Date just looks boring and the same stupid bro-medy that has come since 40 Year Old Virgin. It looks like Knocked Up meets Road Trip. Just a big yawn.
    I’m surprised Hereafter isn’t as popular. I guess that goes with lack of advertising(?). I saw it this past week after having only seen one ad on the tele for it. It surprised me. A beautiful film, very um…meticulous and steady. A standard Eastwood film.
    As for the “horror” films, I’m sorry to say, true horror films are dead. The last good frightening film I saw was The Strangers in 08. The constant silence is what made it frightening. Saw is just a line of torture-porn and preys on the publics subconcious perversities. The first one was okay at best; it was new at the time. With Hostel and The Last House on the Left, most plots are written around the gore.
    As for PA2, it’s cheaply made and looks terrible. That type of filming hasn’t been good since The Blair Witch Project. Let’s move on to something new.

  6. Trevor L
    Posted on November 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I also agree Megamind will prolly pull ahead, but Due Date is definitely the one I’ll be seeing.