Weekend box office: Jigsaw wins due to lack of competition

Horror films usually have a clear path to box office success, but this is a strange weekend due to the fact that there are actually four horror movies in the top ten this week.  So presumably, each of them is taking from the other’s audience, meaning none of them did exceptionally well on Halloween weekend.  The leader of the bunch is JIGSAW, which took the top spot at the weekend box office, besting Madea by about six million.  Despite the #1 opening, it opened lower than all the other SAW films and I can’t imagine Lionsgate is happy with a less than $20 million opening.  But it still opened better than SUBURBICON, which opened in ninth place.  It’s not the kind of movie that would bring people to theaters, but Matt Damon’s name alone should have put it in the top five.

Next week will belong to THOR: RAGNAROK, which won’t break any Marvel records, but I’m guessing it will be the top grossing Thor film (it will need to open with $85+ million).  However, Thor isn’t opening alone.  It will also have to contend with A BAD MOM’S CHRISTMAS.  The original opened with about $23 million, so it will be interesting to see how the sequel does given it has a holiday theme and is opening in the first weekend in November.  It won’t beat Thor, but it should easily come in second.  We also get a trio of Oscar hopefuls getting a limited release including LAST FLAG FLYING with Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne, LADY BIRD with Saoirse Ronan and ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ with Denzel Washington.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Jigsaw $16.3m

2. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween $10.5m

3. Geostorm $5.4m

4. Happy Death Day $5.2m

5. Blade Runner 2049 $4.3m

6. Only the Brave $6.1m

7. Thank you for your Service $4m

8. The Foreigner $3.2m

9. Suburbicon $3.1m

10. It $2.3m


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