Jigsaw comes apart at the box office, debuts soft

A horror icon returned to theaters this weekend, but couldn’t scare up a large audience. Here’s what went down:

As predicted, Jigsaw was number one at the box office this weekend, but after a seven year absence for theaters, the eighth entry in the SAW franchise could only muster up an estimated $16 million. What happened? An old dog with no new tricks for one thing. The specter of Stephen King’s It looming large over any new horror film, another. Throw in the origininality of Happy Death Day, which was released just a few weeks ago, and you’ve got a recipie for lack of interest. Luckily, the SAW films typically don’t cost much to make, so even if Jigsaw quickly peters out, it will likely end its run (just barely) in the black.

As for the rest of the top five, Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween fell to second place with $9.3 million. Geostorm was in third with $5.4 million, while Happy Death Day grabbed fourth place with $4.7 million. Blade Runner 2049 closed things out in fifth place with $4 million.

So, to recap, here were 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

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Jigsaw – $16 million
2) Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $9.3 million
3) Geostorm – $5.4 million
4) Happy Death Day – $4.7 million
5) Blade Runner 2049 – $4 milli
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Next week sees the arrival of A Bad Moms Christmas and Thor: Ragnarok. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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