Jigsaw returns to theatres, but will audiences play along?

It’s the final, frightful weekend before Halloween, which means there’s really only going to be one big pick for horror fans looking to get their trick and treat on. But, how many people want to play the game? Here’s our prediction:

After a seven years absence from movie screens, the SAW franchise is back, this time under the name Jigsaw. For a series of Halloween seasons in a row, SAW was a right of passage for audiences, who flocked to see the latest contraptions Jigsaw would come up with to punish those he saw taking life for granted. However, by the 2010 release of SAW 3D, the franchise had run its course, and that seventh film was meant to be the last. But this being horror and Hollywood, you can’t keep a good bad guy down. Will absence make audience’s hearts grow founder? In all likelihood, yes. Word is that Jigsaw eschews the mythology of the series for the most part, which definitely became somewhat convoluted at the end.  The season is also in need of a big bad, and Jigsaw the character certainly fits the bill. What could prove problematic is that Stranger Things 2 debuts on Netflix today, which could cut into a big chunk of Jigsaw’s core demo. Look for fans to welcome icon back with a first place debut, but with a soft start of $18 million.

As for the rest of the top five, Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween will drop to second place with $12 million. Geostorm will be in third place with $7 million. Happy Death Day will land in fourth place with $6 million, while the Matt Damon film Suburbicon will close things out in fifth with $5.5 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Jigsaw – $18 million
2) Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $12 million
3) Geostorm – $7 million
4) Happy Death Day – $6 million
5) Suburbicon – $5.5 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

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