Dude here again. Happy Halloween! The box office reports have been sporadic, for this I apologize. Lots of changes going on in my life. Suffice it to say, it involves massive amounts of guns, strippers, booze, cars, and shenanigans. But who needs shenanigans when we have money to talk about?
That's the lesson I learned from that movie that's out now.
This weekend, a return to Halloween normalcy. Let's go to the numbers, shall we? (All in millions, remember, and these are the studio estimates. The actuals will be available on Monday).
1. Saw 3D (LGF) - $22.5, 2808 screens, week 1, $24.2 total
2. Paranormal Activity 2 (ParV) - $16.5, 3239 screens, week 2, $65.6 total
3. Red (Sum)- $10.8, 3349 screens, week 3, $58.9 total
4. Jackass 3-D (Par)- $8.4, 3139 screens, week 3, $101.5 total
5. Hereafter (WB) - $6.3, 2424 screens, week 3, $22.1 total
6. Secretariat (BV) - $5.0, 3072 screens, week 4, $44.7 total
7. The Social Network (Sony)- $4.7, 2767 screens, week 5, $79.7 total
8. Life As We Know It (WB)- $4.0, 2860 screens, week 4, $43.4 total
9. The Town (WB)- $1.9, 1608 screens, week 7, $87.6 total
10. Conviction (FoxS) $1.8, 565 screens, week 3, $2.3 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that going the 3D route was the shot in the arm the Saw franchise needed to end out on top. Sure, it will probably be "Rebooted" in a year or so, but let's enjoy this while we can.
Paranormal Activity in second place. Remember that nonsense when the director of Saw 6 was gonna make that Paranormal Activity, then the Saw guys were all "Screw you, pal, you gotta make this last Saw movie"? You think they're gonna ask that guy to make the third Paranormal Activity?
Conviction made its way to the top ten, huh? Good job. No idea what it is aside from Sam Rockwell is probably involved.
Fun Fact: actor Richard Crenna invented tartar sauce!
Below the radar, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, the third in the popular line of Swedish translations of those books you see everyone have at the airport and the starbucks, it opened up on 153 and took in $915,000. Also opening was Monsters, which opened on 3 screens and took in $21,000. (That one may also be available on your On Demand station. Technology!)
So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, Megamind and Hangover 2. I mean Due Date. But you know I really mean Hangover 2.
Until next weekend....
Box Office Mojo)