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