As everyone expected, Jigsaw aka Saw 8 is leading the box office the weekend leading up to Halloween. The first entry in the series in seven years, Jigsaw was released to 2,941 theaters by Lionsgate with a budget of $25,000,000 ($10 production + $15 promo). Weekend estimates have started trickling in and the new Saw movie is reported to have made $16,250,000 in ticket sales between Friday, October 27 and Sunday morning, October 29. If it keeps up this pace, it should have no problem being #1 as well when the all-important chart comes out on November 3.
Here’s the opening weekend sales for all entries in the Saw series: Saw ($18.25 million), Saw 2 ($31.72 million), Saw 3 ($33.61 million), Saw 4 ($31.75 million), Saw 6 ($17.26 million), and Saw 3D ($22.53 million). Jigsaw is the lowest opening for the series, but that’s expected after a seven year gap.
Last week’s #1 movie, Boo! A Madea Halloween 2, is the #2 movie this weekend with an addition $10,000,000 earned in ticket sales. At this point, it’s made all of its budget back and is (sadly…) another Tyler Perry box office hit. Boo! 2‘s current total is $35,521,000. Slasher film Happy Death Day is the #4 movie this weekend, notching another $5,099,000 in ticket sales for a current total of $48,839,000. I can’t wait to see how high this one goes! Also, IT was the #10 movie in theaters this weekend and this will probably be its last time remaining in that numerical group. IT took a bite out of the box office with $2,456,000 in ticket purchases and its current total sits at $323,730,000.
Elsewhere on the chart, The Killing of a Sacred Deer came in at #25 with $221,000 in ticket sales. The star-studded horror film was expanded to 33 theaters and has earned a gross of $392,000 so far. As it expands its reach further, it’ll be interesting to see how well it does before it ends its cinematic run. Tragedy Girls also expanded this weekend. The additional 18 theater count saw its ticket sales go up to $12,000 and its total gross has bumped up to $30,000.
Finally, the long delayed sequel Amityville: The Awakening was the #59 movie, making just $750 in ticket sales based on a 10 theater showing. This impossibly low total is due to A) no one knowing the movie is out and B) the few that do already saw it for free on Google Play. Sad.