October is going out with a whimper at the box office, as Lionsgate’s “Jigsaw” will take the top spot this weekend with just an estimated $15 million from 2,941 screens against a $10 million budget. While that total is just below the high-teens opening projected by pre-weekend trackers, it is a lower opening than every other installment in the “Saw” franchise except for “Saw VI,” which made $14,1 million in 2009.
If this total holds, “Jigsaw” will have the lowest opening for a No. 1 film this year, lower than the $19.1 million opening made by “The Dark Tower” back in early August. Jigsaw’s seven year absence from theaters hasn’t changed critics’ general dislike for the gory franchise, with reviews giving this film a 38 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. The series’ hardcore fans were kinder to it, giving it a B on CinemaScore. By comparison, the highest CinemaScore grade for this franchise belongs to “Saw II,” which got a B+.
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Meanwhile, the other two new wide releases, Paramount/Black Bear’s “Suburbicon” and Universal/DreamWorks’ “Thank You For Your Service,” are falling short of tracker expectations. Both films were expected to make between $5-7 million in their openings, but “Thank You For Your Service” will come away from just $4 million from 2,054 screens, putting it currently in a virtual tie with “Blade Runner 2049” for the No. 5 spot. “Suburbicon” will take $3 million from 2,046 screens and take ninth for the weekend.
“Thank You For Your Service,” which had a marketing campaign aimed primarily at conservative states, has been well received with a 77 percent RT score and an A from CinemaScore polls. “Suburbicon,” on the other hand, has failed critically despite a pedigree that includes George Clooney as director, Matt Damon in the lead role, and the Coen Brothers co-writing the script. Critics and audiences panned the film’s attempts to balance comedy, thriller, and satire, giving the film a 26 percent RT score and a D- on CinemaScore.
Meanwhile, “Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween” gave Lionsgate a 1-2 finish this weekend, falling 57 percent from its $21 million opening to an estimated $9.2 million in its second weekend. “Geostorm” is third with $5.2 million, while “Happy Death Day” is fourth with $4.6 million.
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Source: The Wrap