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Weekend Box-Office: October 29-31, 2010

10.31.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Saw 3D opens better than Saw VI...

Before we break down all of this week's box-office results, let's focus in on the SAW series first, since "apparently" this is the "final one" (wink, wink). Let's see how each flick fared since the original was released back in 2004...

Title Opening weekend Final Gross
SAW $18M $55M
SAW II $32M $87M
SAW III $34M $80M
SAW IV $32M $63M
SAW V $30M $57M
SAW VI $14M $28M
SAW 3D $23M ??

As you can see, last year's SAW VI appeared to be the "final nail" in the SAW cash-cow money-train, but with the upswing in this year's opening, do you think the SAW films will continue anyway? I guess we'll find out this week as Lionsgate will either "surprise us" with an announcement of an 8th installment in the series or "surprise us" by not announcing a follow-up. I personally think it's time to "put a fork in it" at this point. Or bring back the original team of Wan/Whannell and ask those dudes to come up with a more original way to proceed with the franchise... (after giving them bags of money, of course)

It's interesting to note that despite a massive opening of $41M last weekend, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 had the biggest drop this weekend (-60%) despite the fact that it was Halloween weekend. Kinda strange, if you ask me. JACKASS 3D also dropped 60% of its audience this weekend, but that's not a "horror movie" per se (although some might disagree with that). I think it's safe to say that there will definitely be a 4th installment of the JACKASS series, as the third one just surpassed the $100M mark for the first time. Methinks it's time for Paramount to pay these boys a lot more money for their misadventures as well, as this last film apparently only cost $20M to make!

The other two films that caught my eye this weekend were RED and THE TOWN. RED is still hanging on to 3rd place despite being released three weeks ago. The film has already grossed close to $60M and had one of the smallest drops in the top 10 this week (-28%). Ben Affleck's movie amazes me because it's been in the top 10 for seven weeks running now and just keeps on bringing in more and more money. It doesn't appear as though it will top the $100M mark, but it should break the $90M and has definitely solidified Affleck as a "major player" in Hollywood (again). Good shit, dude!

The two films to get knocked out of the top 10 this week (SAW 3D wasn't the only new film to crack the top 10 this week, Hilary Swank's CONVICTION also managed to slip in there, despite only being released in about 530 theaters) was the Zack Snyder "owl movie" which grossed $53M so far, and EASY A which much like THE TOWN, managed to hang around the top 10 for a surprising six weeks in a row (it has grossed $56M so far, but only cost $8M).

Next week sees the release of 3 pretty big new releases including the polarizing figure of Zach Galifianakis (although you gotta respect him pulling out a joint on the Bill Maher show on Friday) and Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr. starring in DUE DATE, the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey joining forces for the animated wonder called MEGAMIND and the man with the pulse of the African-American community (we always discount his films but he always continues to pull in big numbers) Tyler Perry with his latest entitled FOR COLORED GIRLS. Tough choices, each with their own distinctive target audience. So which film do you think will be the #1 movie next weekend? VOTE NOW!!!

1. Saw 3D $ 22.5 Million
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2. Paranormal Activity 2 $ 16.5 Million $ 65.6 Million
3. Red $ 10.8 Million $ 58.9 Million
4. Jackass 3D $ 8.4 Million $ 101.6 Million
5. Hereafter $ 6.3 Million $ 22.2 Million
6. Secretariat $ 5.1 Million $ 44.8 Million
7. The Social Network $ 4.7 Million $ 79.7 Million
8. Life as We Know It $ 4 Million $ 43.5 Million
9. The Town $ 1.9 Million $ 87.6 Million
10. Conviction $ 1.8 Million $ 2.4 Million

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10:49PM on 11/01/2010

Yawn!

Wake me up when Harry Potter is out. If you care, check out my BEST OF 2010 movie montage on youtube. [link]
Wake me up when Harry Potter is out. If you care, check out my BEST OF 2010 movie montage on youtube. [link]
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11:56AM on 11/01/2010

CHUCK NORRIS ....

... directed THE LAST Saw movie ...
... directed THE LAST Saw movie ...
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1:56PM on 11/01/2010
lol?.....
lol?.....
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3:14AM on 11/01/2010
This movie did terrible at my theater, as well it should have. It was awful and looked really fake.
This movie did terrible at my theater, as well it should have. It was awful and looked really fake.
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2:19AM on 11/01/2010

SAW 3D sucked.

Awful film, awful ending. Paranormal Activity 2 was fantastic, better than the first. Can't wait for Scream 4!
Awful film, awful ending. Paranormal Activity 2 was fantastic, better than the first. Can't wait for Scream 4!
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9:16AM on 11/02/2010
yeah we need a real horror movie for once. Scream, baby, Scream
yeah we need a real horror movie for once. Scream, baby, Scream
12:37AM on 11/01/2010
Saw single handedly destroyed the horror genre in America .. we need the series to end. I was never a fan of the "torture porn" stuff that came after it.. the hundreds of tortured teen movies it spawned.
Saw single handedly destroyed the horror genre in America .. we need the series to end. I was never a fan of the "torture porn" stuff that came after it.. the hundreds of tortured teen movies it spawned.
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12:40AM on 11/01/2010
There is no such thing as "torture porn" and the only people who apply that fabricated, bullshit label to the Saw franchise are those who are uninformed and ignorant to the series.
There is no such thing as "torture porn" and the only people who apply that fabricated, bullshit label to the Saw franchise are those who are uninformed and ignorant to the series.
12:53AM on 11/01/2010
Wow. I can't believe you actually used the phrase "torture porn." I thought only latent homosexual douche bags talked like that.
Wow. I can't believe you actually used the phrase "torture porn." I thought only latent homosexual douche bags talked like that.
1:05AM on 11/01/2010
Hey, guys. I hate Saw so much that I have to make TWO posts about. Did you see that?! TWO!
Hey, guys. I hate Saw so much that I have to make TWO posts about. Did you see that?! TWO!
2:21AM on 11/01/2010
Sorry to disappoint you fellas but we all can't like the same shit
Sorry to disappoint you fellas but we all can't like the same shit
3:12AM on 11/01/2010
Funny how people defending Saw are trying to call others uninformed and ignorant. I have seen them all (unfortunately) and I agree with JohnLocke completely, so there you go. Now you are the uninformed ignorant one.
Funny how people defending Saw are trying to call others uninformed and ignorant. I have seen them all (unfortunately) and I agree with JohnLocke completely, so there you go. Now you are the uninformed ignorant one.
12:11PM on 11/01/2010
I have seen them all, except 3D of course, and I couldnt agree more with JohnLocke. People seeing this franchise as smart or intelligent have no imagination. Its just not funny anymore. I cant believe there are still people defending such a dumb franchise. Get over it, its not complex. Enjoy the killing if you want, but dont make it something its not.
I have seen them all, except 3D of course, and I couldnt agree more with JohnLocke. People seeing this franchise as smart or intelligent have no imagination. Its just not funny anymore. I cant believe there are still people defending such a dumb franchise. Get over it, its not complex. Enjoy the killing if you want, but dont make it something its not.
9:20AM on 11/02/2010
i don't know that it destroyed it but it certainly opened the door for a whole era of really crappy like minded "horror" movies. Now, hopefully, they have run their course and we can move in to a new horror phase. Bring back the slasher!
i don't know that it destroyed it but it certainly opened the door for a whole era of really crappy like minded "horror" movies. Now, hopefully, they have run their course and we can move in to a new horror phase. Bring back the slasher!
12:16AM on 11/01/2010

The reason why it made more money........

is because it was in 3D and the ticket prices are like 10 dollars more expensive for 3D films.
is because it was in 3D and the ticket prices are like 10 dollars more expensive for 3D films.
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12:10AM on 11/01/2010
Saw Paranormal Activity 2 this weekend and I thought it was a great movie and a great sequel. I love the way they tied it in to the first one and had a great time getting the shit scared out of me. Love Halloween.
Saw Paranormal Activity 2 this weekend and I thought it was a great movie and a great sequel. I love the way they tied it in to the first one and had a great time getting the shit scared out of me. Love Halloween.
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3:15AM on 11/01/2010
Darn tootin'
Darn tootin'
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11:19PM on 10/31/2010
I am a huge fan of Saw, and my journey came full circle last friday seeing every Saw film opening day. I thought every Saw film was good. Sure, there were some better than others, but they kept an ongoing story, theme thru editing, acting and visual styling.

Then I saw SAW3D. What a heap of sh*t this movie was. Was anyone at twisted pictures even watching? I'm not sure how this movie made it's way to the big screen, but something, somewhere, went terribly, terribly wrong. I like
I am a huge fan of Saw, and my journey came full circle last friday seeing every Saw film opening day. I thought every Saw film was good. Sure, there were some better than others, but they kept an ongoing story, theme thru editing, acting and visual styling.

Then I saw SAW3D. What a heap of sh*t this movie was. Was anyone at twisted pictures even watching? I'm not sure how this movie made it's way to the big screen, but something, somewhere, went terribly, terribly wrong. I like descrive this movie to others as "a bad porno, but with no porno."
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10:21PM on 10/31/2010
It's interesting that Saw II has the highest gross, since that was the only one I saw in theatres.
It's interesting that Saw II has the highest gross, since that was the only one I saw in theatres.
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10:18PM on 10/31/2010
Tyler Perry has an audience, but I wouldn't say he has his finger on the pulse of the African American community. There are lots of black people (including me) that couldn't care less about his movies.
Tyler Perry has an audience, but I wouldn't say he has his finger on the pulse of the African American community. There are lots of black people (including me) that couldn't care less about his movies.
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8:43PM on 10/31/2010
The Saw franchises is one of the biggest cash grabs of all-time.. hopefully it's fucking finished.
The Saw franchises is one of the biggest cash grabs of all-time.. hopefully it's fucking finished.
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3:16AM on 11/01/2010
actually true but its on par with the Twilight aka Tweelight Series. every time i spell t-w-i-l-i-g-h-t...i want to puke
actually true but its on par with the Twilight aka Tweelight Series. every time i spell t-w-i-l-i-g-h-t...i want to puke
8:40PM on 10/31/2010

If it's Halloween, it must be Saw

I'm so glad to see Saw VII top the charts this weekend. It really was a great film and an epic conclusion to the saga. I wouldn't have had it end any other way. It's bittersweet to see it go, but damn it was such a good series.

And I'm so glad Paranormal Activity 2 dropped like a rock.
I'm so glad to see Saw VII top the charts this weekend. It really was a great film and an epic conclusion to the saga. I wouldn't have had it end any other way. It's bittersweet to see it go, but damn it was such a good series.

And I'm so glad Paranormal Activity 2 dropped like a rock.
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3:15AM on 11/01/2010
Bad taste anyone?
Bad taste anyone?
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7:50PM on 10/31/2010
Saw 3D was fantastic. What a perfect ending. It took are of the few unresolved issues that still remained and (SPOILER ALERT--DO NOT READ AHEAD IF YOU DON'T WANT ANYTHING SPOILED)




Dr. Gordon's fate is finally revealed and everything is brought full circle. Personally, I don't understand the constant griping over the sequels. To me it's no different than say an HBO TV series. There seems to be a double standard--a TV series can go on and on and on and on for over a decade and that's
Saw 3D was fantastic. What a perfect ending. It took are of the few unresolved issues that still remained and (SPOILER ALERT--DO NOT READ AHEAD IF YOU DON'T WANT ANYTHING SPOILED)




Dr. Gordon's fate is finally revealed and everything is brought full circle. Personally, I don't understand the constant griping over the sequels. To me it's no different than say an HBO TV series. There seems to be a double standard--a TV series can go on and on and on and on for over a decade and that's fine, but if a film franchise extends beyond a trilogy (aside from 007) people go into convulsions and begin frothing at the mouth. The Saw franchise is extraordinarily unique, complex and intricate with rich stories and interesting characters, and there has never been a series of films like this--that tie in so perfectly with each other to make up one large story and keeps you guessing until--literally--the very end.

If they come up with a great story, I wouldn't turn down an eighth film, but it would have to be something very special, because this film really did end Saw as we know it.
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8:24PM on 10/31/2010
You're funny.
You're funny.
7:30PM on 10/31/2010

Wait a sec....

....the Saw films have been making progressively less and less money at the box office, yet they kept making them? WTF?!
....the Saw films have been making progressively less and less money at the box office, yet they kept making them? WTF?!
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10:00PM on 10/31/2010
Lulz @ all the Saw fans comin' out and thumbin' ppl down. How about instead of being passive aggressive pussies, you all explain why this awful fucking franchise isn't as fuck awful as everyone knows that it really is...
Lulz @ all the Saw fans comin' out and thumbin' ppl down. How about instead of being passive aggressive pussies, you all explain why this awful fucking franchise isn't as fuck awful as everyone knows that it really is...
12:55AM on 11/01/2010
hahaha Look who the fuck is talking.
hahaha Look who the fuck is talking.
1:04AM on 11/01/2010
Great, ANOTHER annoying poster. Maybe you can just quit your bitchin' about people having a different opinion than you. We've explained numerous times why we enjoy the series, but you wouldn't give a shit to read about that. Stop being a whiny bitch.
Great, ANOTHER annoying poster. Maybe you can just quit your bitchin' about people having a different opinion than you. We've explained numerous times why we enjoy the series, but you wouldn't give a shit to read about that. Stop being a whiny bitch.
8:51AM on 11/01/2010
I made a simple fucking observation about the box office draw of the Saw films (didn't say anything about the quality), but some of you fanboys were so butthurt at the idea that I might actually be insulting the films that instead of responding, I get 17 thumbs down? C'mon, that's some bitch shit.

And YOU can take your awful taste in film and eat all the dicks in the world. There's a reason why ppl like you only post here on the strikebacks and not on the forums and its because you'd be
I made a simple fucking observation about the box office draw of the Saw films (didn't say anything about the quality), but some of you fanboys were so butthurt at the idea that I might actually be insulting the films that instead of responding, I get 17 thumbs down? C'mon, that's some bitch shit.

And YOU can take your awful taste in film and eat all the dicks in the world. There's a reason why ppl like you only post here on the strikebacks and not on the forums and its because you'd be fucking laughed outta there for being a moron.

Have fun with your fucking torture porn, I'll be over here watching something that ISN'T retarded....
1:03PM on 11/01/2010
The reason I don't post on the forums is because I don't really have interest in the forums or MFC. I come to JoBlo for the articles and reviews, so that's why I Strike Back. This isn't very different from a forum anyway considering you can reply to posts.
The reason I don't post on the forums is because I don't really have interest in the forums or MFC. I come to JoBlo for the articles and reviews, so that's why I Strike Back. This isn't very different from a forum anyway considering you can reply to posts.
6:53PM on 11/01/2010
Not to mention the fact that some of us have lives and don't have time to spend hours having debates in forums. Like Hunter, I enjoy the articles on this site very much for the most part and when one is particularly to my liking, I comment. It's as simple as that. Nobody is being passive aggressive. You do realize how many people probably visit this site that see all of these comments but don't comment themselves? They don't even have to be registered to give a thumbs up or down, so stop being
Not to mention the fact that some of us have lives and don't have time to spend hours having debates in forums. Like Hunter, I enjoy the articles on this site very much for the most part and when one is particularly to my liking, I comment. It's as simple as that. Nobody is being passive aggressive. You do realize how many people probably visit this site that see all of these comments but don't comment themselves? They don't even have to be registered to give a thumbs up or down, so stop being paranoid. You hate the Saw franchise. Great. Excellent. Wonderful. Good for you. But don't expect others to view it in the narrow minded manner you do.
7:20PM on 10/31/2010
I haven't watched a Saw movie since the first, but as long as they keep coming to Toronto to make them, I'll support them.
I haven't watched a Saw movie since the first, but as long as they keep coming to Toronto to make them, I'll support them.
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7:11PM on 10/31/2010

ozb

i don't understand why people are still questioning another jackass movie. practically all of the jackass people announced that Jackass 3.5 would come out at the beginning of next year. you all read other websites and listen to your contacts...but don't even watch letterman?
i don't understand why people are still questioning another jackass movie. practically all of the jackass people announced that Jackass 3.5 would come out at the beginning of next year. you all read other websites and listen to your contacts...but don't even watch letterman?
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7:29PM on 10/31/2010
Who the fuck watches Letterman?

You're old....
Who the fuck watches Letterman?

You're old....
7:00PM on 10/31/2010

kind of weak

the Saw films aren't what they used to be, fan or not.. it's evident at the box office trends. this is halloween weekend, we should have major horror films raking in the dough
the Saw films aren't what they used to be, fan or not.. it's evident at the box office trends. this is halloween weekend, we should have major horror films raking in the dough
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6:34PM on 10/31/2010
Jackass passes the 100 mil - lol
Jackass passes the 100 mil - lol
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5:48PM on 10/31/2010

Um... 3D

Of course Saw 3D did better, the people are paying more for the gimmick, take that away and it'll fall right down
Of course Saw 3D did better, the people are paying more for the gimmick, take that away and it'll fall right down
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5:47PM on 10/31/2010
I haven't seen this new one (or any since the first), so I don't know if they left the door open, but there will undoubtedly be more fucking Saw movies.
I haven't seen this new one (or any since the first), so I don't know if they left the door open, but there will undoubtedly be more fucking Saw movies.
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