A weekend of so-so box office returns and predictions, with probably proof that it’s time for the Saw franchise to take a long rest before returning to the big screen.
Returns for Saw 3D were definitely higher than those for last year’s sixth entry into the franchise ($14 million), with the latest bringing in $24 million (including Thursday midnight screenings and $2 million more than I predicted). However, reports were that Lionsgate were hoping for an opening closer to $30 million plus, so they’re likely disappointed how things turned out this weekend. I’m sure we’ll see Jigsaw and his traps again, but these numbers indicate that audiences aren’t nearly as interested as they once were.
Paranormal Activity 2 hit Number 2 with $16.5 million ($3.5 million less than I anticipated/$65 million total since opening). That’s a fairly large drop from last week’s opening numbers, but not a surprise considering that horror films tend to plummet after the upfront demand is met. Still, with a budget of only $3 million, everybody has to be pleased with how the well PA2 has performed.
As for the rest of the Top 5, Red continued to appeal to adults, bringing in another $10.8 million to hit the third spot ($0.8 million than my prediction), Jackass 3D scored $8.4 million in it’s third weekend (I was off by $7.5 million on that one), while Hereafter rounds out the top 5 with $6.3 million (I had prediction $7 million).
To recap – my predictions:
1) Saw 3D: $22 million
2) Paranormal Activity 2: $20 million
3) Jackass 3D: $15 million
4) Red: $10 million
5) Hereafter: $7 million
And the finals:
1) Saw 3D: $24 million
2) Paranormal Activity 2: $ 16.5 million
3) Red: $10.8 million
4) Jackass 3D: $8.4 million
5) Hereafter: $6.3 million