Moviegoers were in for a scare this weekend at the box office, as a longtime Halloween staple returned to claim the top spot after a prolonged absence.
In first is Jigsaw, which earned $16.2 million in its first three days. The first new Saw installment in seven years, the film did a little better than expected, but still did not perform all that great. Its debut is the second-lowest in the history of the franchise, topping only the $14.1 million posted by Saw VI in 2009. The widely negative reviews most likely had something to do with this, as they did not sell the movie as an appealing option for casual moviegoers. It's also worth wondering how much demand there was for a property that saw diminishing returns before its hiatus. Jigsaw was always going to be more of a niche offering than anything else.
Odds are, it won't have much staying power. Word-of-mouth isn't great, and with Halloween this week, its seasonal appropriateness will soon go by the wayside. Also, Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok opens next week, and that should make over $100 million in its opening weekend, steamrolling anything that dares to stand in its path. One positive for Lionsgate is that Jigsaw cost only $10 million to make, and it's already brought in $25.7 million worldwide, so it's turned a small profit.
Last week's champ, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, fell to second in its second weekend with $10 million. The comedy sequel, which received porous reviews, dropped 52.9 percent from its opening, and now stands at $35.5 million domestically. It's severely trailing its predecessor at similar points in their respective runs, signaling Boo 2! doesn't have much staying power. With the calendar about to flip to November (meaning Thanksgiving and Christmas will command attention), this one will likely start to slide down.
Coming in third is Geostorm with $5.6 million. The disaster movie (and disastrous bomb) is now up to $23.5 million domestically against a $120 million budget.
The #4 film is Happy Death Day. Blumhouse's latest box office hit made $5 million in its third weekend, raising its Stateside haul to $48.3 million.
Rounding out the top five is Blade Runner 2049. Denis Villeneuve's acclaimed sci-fi sequel earned $3.9 million, increasing its U.S. total to $81.3 million. Sadly, the film never got the legs many thought it would, and international markets didn't help much either. To date, Blade Runner has earned $223.3 million globally against its $150+ million budget.
Coming in sixth is the new war film Thank You For Your Service (read our review) with $3.7 million. It received generally positive reviews from critics, but limited awareness and fan fare did it in when it came to the box office. The film didn't have much buzz going into its opening weekend, as it isn't expected to be much of an awards contender.
Only the Brave is in seventh, grossing $3.4 million in its second weekend. The drama is now up to $11.9 million domestically.
In eighth is The Foreigner. Jackie Chan's newest action vehicle brought in $3.2 million, raising its U.S. total to $28.8 million.
Flopping into ninth place is George Clooney's latest directorial effort, Suburbicon (read our review), earning only $2.8 million in its first three days. Despite having a talented cast and crew, the film was lambasted by critics for its messy, tonally-confused story that lacked any forward momentum. Matt Damon is a star, but even he's not critic proof, apparently. With no buzz to speak of, the movie was dead on arrival, and it won't be turning things around anytime soon.
Capping off the top 10 IT with $2.4 million. The horror movie cashed in on Halloween weekend, making $2.4 million. It now stands at $323.7 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, October 30 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo