The Jigsaw killer may be dead, but the SAW franchise continues to slay at the box office.
We had a four new wide release films in theaters, but the marquee match-up was between the SAW spinoff, Spiral and Warner Brothers latest big release, Those Who Wish Me Dead. Despite WB having dominated the box office all year, Spiral easily won the contest and vaulted to the top of the list.
This Week in Box Office History.
The bevy of new releases helped snap the losing streak of the last two weeks. It wasn’t a Godzilla or Mortal Kombat-sized weekend, but it was a nice growth of 10% compared to last weekend. All four new releases managed to find their way into the top ten, and the top seven films all finished above one million dollars. We were extremely close to having the top nine finish above that mark as well.
Top Film One Year Ago: The Wretched.
Top Film Ten Years Ago: Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides.
Top Film 30 Years Ago: What About Bob?
Top Three Films.
Spiral was the big winner, pulling in 8.7 million dollars in its first week of release. That’s about half of the splash the last SAW movie, Jigsaw, made back in 2017…but we’re still dealing with pandemic numbers. It is a nice chunk compared to its 20 million dollar budget, with is actually double the budget of Jigsaw. As is the pattern with the latter SAW films, it didn’t do particularly well with critics but saw good audience approval numbers.
Wrath of Man stayed in the top three this week, taking second place with 3.7 million dollars. That brings its domestic total over two weeks up to 15 million dollars.
Those Who Wish Me Dead had trouble finding an audience, which is odd since it has solid marks from both critics and viewers. It may be that this thriller saw streaming cut into its box office punch, released day and date on HBO Max like WB’s other big name films this year. Like Spiral, it touts a 20 million dollar budget it will need to earn back. The good news is that it did much better overseas than in the US, taking down 4.4 million dollars so far.
Our next wide release, Finding You, landed in eighth place with just under one million dollars. It was closely followed by the fourth wide release of the weekend, Profile, which landed in ninth place with 730 thousand dollars.
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