Lionsgate To Continue Saw Franchise

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:02 am,

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Drug addicts, doctors, renegade police offices and anyone else that may need “to help themselves” should stay on edge as it looks like the Jigsaw Killer will be on the lamb for the foreseeable future as Lionsgate recently stated that they will continue making the Rube Goldberg horror series of Saw movies “as long as we make money.”

Lionsgate vice chairman Michael Burns spoke those exact words at the Median and Money conference in New York on Thursday. To further prove his point, the confident Burns states that Dirty Dancing, 20 years after its debut, still sells an average of 2,000 DVDs per day.

While the most recent Saw VI didn’t perform as well as its predecessors, most people are attributing its dramatic drop off to the phenomenon of Paranormal Activity. I know most people say that the Saw stories aren’t good and it’s the same thing over and over, but the box office numbers don’t lie and while the $26.9 million of Saw VI is less than half of what Saw V took in, it still brought in over double its production budget of $11 million. That’s without even considering how much more than that it will make on home video.

Still, if there’s one thing the Saw franchise knows, it’s about making money. Check out how this money making machine has done over the years for the fat cats at Lionsgate.

Saw – $55.2 Million
Saw II – $87 Million
Saw III – $80.2 Million
Saw IV – $63.3 Million
Saw V – $57.7 Million
Saw VI – $26.9 Million

Those figures are just the domestic box office. You can almost triple those numbers when you add in the foreign box office, DVD sales, cable rights and everything else that comes out of each Saw incarnation.

While we’ve previously reported about plans for next year’s Saw VII, Lionsgate has schedule Saw VIII as well for 2011. Why not Saw VIIII and Saw X? Well, some may say that they’re being cautious, but the real reason is that their original deal with Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell were for the first movie with a seven sequel option.

If Lionsgate wants anymore after Saw VIII, it looks like they’re going to have give up some more money to Wan and Whannell, which just may be worth it to have the guaranteed successful film and cash injection.

What do you think? How long does the Saw franchise have left?

Like clockwork you can catch the next installment, Saw VIII, in October, 2010. While I’m at it, I’ll just throw it out there that you can expect to see Saw VIII October, 2011… I’m sure you can continue with this on your own. Although, in case you’re wondering. Saw MCXXII comes out October, 3126 (Unless the world ends in 2012).

Source: The Hollywood Reporter [via: Shock Till You Drop]

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  1. i’ll tell you who needs to “helped” the people who keep making these damn movies- my god why hasn’t he died yet from cancer yet[ i know kinda dark] but come on

    • He dies in SAW III…

  2. Never seen it, Never want to .
    To all those who enjoy it ,
    Have Fun!

  3. @ vision

    he did die from cancer… about 3 movies ago… that’s what makes these films so stupid..

  4. well, freddy and jason are killed at the end of all of their movies and no one complains……

  5. thanks well.

    The whole Jigsaw dead and someone else doing it is what makes it interesting. And the movies are not the same. IMO, VI was one of the better sequels because it actually gave me an uneasy feeling. I actually felt something from a movie. That’s rare these days. I mean just thinking about having 6 people in front of you and you can only save 2 is enough to give you the willies.

  6. saw 1 and 2 where the best and now they’re just getting terrible, i think once they run out of machines to make (traps) then they’ll give up, but seeing how there are a 101 was to kill some one dramatically i bet your prediction of there being a saw MCXXII will become true (it was even in 2 and a half men ;-) )

  7. The Saw franchise ends on the 8.And 9 in Roman is IX, not VIIII.

  8. After I read the article, one question immediately came to my mind… “Are they done yet?”

    The first few Saw movies were okay, because they had a way of taking you completely by surprise, and that sense of being taken by surprise (shocked, maybe?) made the first five films box office hits.

    With Saw VI, it seemed like the filmmakers ran out of ideas, and it wasn’t as surprising or interesting as it was in the beginning, IMO.

  9. what i really want is the most insane twist ending that ends the series. somthing that will leave us hanging and that we mus draw our own conclusions from. i love the series but i want it to end. and i want that ending to be awsome.

  10. im so sick of the slasher films and ghost stories. lets see some new monster films and some old one get really good remakes like creature from the black lagoon.and lets get some great killer animal films like steve altens the loch.come on people.

  11. saw 1 was good but it didnt left me wanting for more….
    @ well
    no one expects freddy and jason more than that they r stupid enough to get back for another sequel/prequel/timetravelquel etc……….

  12. You can see how after the second film, money started to decline. I predict this next Saw will bring around 11 million here, and they will end it… hopefully!

    I never understood the draw in to seeing people die in gruesome ways. :/

  13. They just keep on coming…

    And BTW, you mean Saw IX, not VIIII. :P

  14. It Will Be Worth It If Lionsgate Pointed And Give Up Some Money To James Wan And Leigh Whannell To Direct ”Saw VIII” And Write The Script Because Their First Movie Was ”Saw” And Did A Really Good Job With It And Who Knows Maybe ”Saw VIII” Will Be A Box Office Hit In Theaters Next Year.Anyway They Started It They Ended.Sure Hope That ”Saw VIII” Will Be Made And Directed By James Wan And Script By James Wan And Leigh Whannell.