Saw 3D box office numbers were bound to be revealing. The Saw 3D box office totals would be determined by Paranormal Activity 2 holdover business, and whether audiences were fatigued by the series or 3D. The last film in the franchise was the first in years not to open at No. 1, as it was no longer the only horror movie in town for Halloween. While the Paranormal Activity franchise has only just begun, this one is supposedly at an end at last. According to the first Saw 3D box office projections, it will end on top, though not at its best.
Deadline Hollywood reports that the seventh film in the Saw series has reached No. 1, as expected. However, despite the series brand name and the higher ticket prices, it trailed behind its predecessors. Yet it was better than the last film, which never got to No. 1.
The box office for Saw 3D have the movie making $11 million yesterday, for an estimate of $28 million this weekend. Although that is enough to hold off Paranormal Activity 2, it is far from the biggest opening for the series, as movies 2-5 made more to start off.
Last year at this time, Saw VI opened to a mere $14 million, as the horror crowd was flocking to Paranormal Activity instead. Therefore, they’ve gone more all out with the latest sequel, by putting it in 3D and promising that this is finally the end.
Of course, if the Saw 3D box office numbers are big enough, they could still find room to make a Part 8. Although this was the worst reviewed movie in the franchise, they have never let critical pans stop them before. But since this is a relatively small estimate, by the standards of both the franchise and 3D, perhaps Jigsaw really will be no more after this.
In the meantime, Paranormal Activity 2 dropped off to second, as it is estimated to make $18.5 million for the weekend. The biggest non-horror film of the weekend appears to be Red, with a projected $9.5 million gross for its fourth week.
Meanwhile, Saw 3D box office ate into Jackass 3D, as it placed fourth on Friday. However, it is projected to cross the $100 million barrier by Sunday, as that franchise was revived by the 3D format. For Saw, however, it may be another matter.
The series is No. 1 at Halloween again, but it still appears to be past its prime. Will its 3D debut be big enough to resurrect Jigsaw again, or is this the franchise’s final box office victory?
Deadline- “Saw 3D #1 For Halloween: So-So $28M”