Monday, October 30, 2017

Weekend Box-Office: JIGSAW Dismembers Competition in Yet Another Slow Weekend


"Jigsaw" is the latest installment in the successful "torture porn" franchise to top the charts, and while it's no surprise, it's also not an amazing feat during a terrible weekend in which new arrivals tanked and releases currently in theaters slowed down.

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

As mentioned above, the box-office slowed down considerably over the weekend, continuing the trend set throughout the summer. In this context, Lionsgate's new installment in the "Saw" franchise, titled "Jigsaw" to make sure we all understand it's a reboot, arrived at the top of the charts with a decent $16.2 million. It's certainly no breakthrough considering this is the seventh opening weekend of the franchise, only ahead of "Saw VI", which scored a franchise-low $14 million debut and then a franchise-low domestic total of $27.6 million at the end of its run in theaters. This reboot could be looking at some of the same numbers, especially on a market that has seen much better horror films since the disappointing franchise finale in 2010 and the subsequent shift from "torture porn" to Blumhouse flicks. Its only saving grace is that it only cost $10 million to produce. To no one's surprise, "Jigsaw" was disliked by critics (39% on Rotten Tomatoes and 40 on Metacritic), while CinemaScore reports a modest "B" grade from opening day polls.

Last week's No.1 movie "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" dropped to second place with $10 million and its domestic total has reached $35.5 million in 10 days.  The sequel currently trails well behind its predecessor, which had earned $52.2 million within the same timeframe.

The blockbuster flop "Geostorm" dropped a massive 58.6% over the weekend and only grossed $5.6 million for a #3 finish in its second weekend. The domestic total has reached a catastrophic $23.5 million for the $120 million production. But, Warner Bros. can breathe a sigh of relief as the film turned out to be a hit overseas, especially in China where it opened this weekend with $34.1 million. Its international cume has already reached $113.4 million for a worldwide total of $136 million, just enough to break even, without taking marketing costs into consideration.

The Top 5 is rounded up by "Blade Runner 2049" which has grossed another $3.9 million over the weekend and managed to limp its way to an $81.3 million domestic tally after 24 days. The film opened in China but failed to make much of an impression with a $7.6 million debut. Its international cume now sits at $142 million.

Another new arrival, the PTSD war drama "Thank You for Your Service" opened in sixth place with a weak $3.7 million against a $20 million production budget. The film received positive reviews from critics (78% on Rotten Tomatoes and 68 on Metacritic) and a solid reception from moviegoers as CinemaScore reports an "A-" grade.

The last of the new wide releases, George Clooney's latest directorial effort "Suburbicon" tanked with $2.8 million from 2,046 theaters and finished in ninth place. Despite starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac, and featuring a script written by the Coen brothers, the film failed to attract audiences and received a terrible reception from both critics (26% on Rotten Tomatoes and 43 on Metacritic) and moviegoers ("D-" on CinemaScore).

New Wide Releases: "Jigsaw", "Suburbicon", "Thank You For Your Service".

Biggest Drop : "Geostorm" (-58.6%)

Smallest Drop : "It" (-28.6%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Jigsaw $16.2M $16.2M $9.5M $10M
2 Boo 2! A Madea Halloween $10M $35.5M $0.2M $25M
3 Geostorm $5.6M $23.5M $113.4M $120M
4 Happy Death Day $5M $48.3M $20.2M $4.8M
5 Blade Runner 2049 $3.9M $81.3M $142M $150M
6 Thank You for Your Service $3.7M $3.7M N/A $20M
7 Only the Brave $3.4M $11.9M $0.4M $38M
8 The Foreigner $3.2M $28.8M $88.4M $35M
9 Suburbicon $2.8M $2.8M N/A $25M
10 It $2.4M $323.7M $342.9M $35M


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