JIGSAW, the eighth entry in Lionsgate’s SAW series, topped the box office this weekend with $16.3 million. That is hardly a stellar number, but it was enough to garner the #1 spot in one of the weakest frames of the year. Many potential ticketbuyers decided to stay home and watch either the World Series or the release of STRANGER THINGS season 2 on Netflix, and that was all-too-apparent in the numbers.
The weekend’s other newcomers fared pretty disastrously. It is hard to imagine a Matt Damon comedy directed by George Clooney debuting in 9th place with only $2.8 million, but SUBURBICON did just that. Savaged by critics and hit with a D- Cinemascore, this is undoubtedly one of the year’s biggest debacles and another flop for the struggling Paramount. Universal’s THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE fared a bit better, with $3.7 million, but is clearly not long for theatres either.
Tyler Perry’s BOO 2 managed a second place showing, followed by the struggling GEOSTORM, which is doing much better overseas following a solid debut in China. HAPPY DEATH DAY took fourth, while BLADE RUNNER 2049 managed fifth. The latter also opened in China and Japan this weekend, disappointing in the former, but earning the #1 spot in the latter. However, even winning the Japanese market will not help much as the country only contributed an additional $2.7 million. The worldwide total for the film now stands at about $217 million.
Things will undoubtedly pick up next weekend with the domestic debut of THOR: RAGNAROK, which opened in a number of international territories on Friday, hauling in an impressive $100 million. In contrast to the sometimes slower roll out afforded to franchise pictures, this one will be in almost 100% of worldwide markets within just two weeks of its debut.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.