Moviegoers weren’t exactly dying to hit the multiplex on the weekend leading up to Halloween, as the horror movie Jigsaw is poised to top the box office with an estimated $16.3 million in the U.S. and Canada, coming in below industry projections along with fellow newcomers Suburbicon and Thank You for Your Service. When the dust settles, this should go down as one of the slowest frames of the year.
Making the eighth installment of Lionsgate’s Saw series, Jigsaw was intended to breathe new life into the gory franchise but is on track to open lower than all but one of its predecessors: Saw VI, which eked out $14.1 million in 2009.
While the domestic box office has been quiet this weekend, Disney and Marvel’s superhero movie Thor: Ragnarok is making noise overseas, debuting to an estimated $107.6 million across 36 markets (which represent about 52 percent of its planned international footprint). That figure puts it ahead of recent Marvel offerings Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Doctor Strange, when comparing the same suite of territories at today’s exchange rates. Ragnarok opens domestically and in most remaining foreign markets Nov. 3.
According to ComScore, overall box office is down 5 percent year-to-date. Check out the Oct. 27-29 figures below.
1. Jigsaw — $16.3 million
2. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween — $10 million
3. Geostorm — $5.7 million
4. Happy Death Day — $5.1 million
5. Blade Runner 2049 — $4 million
6. Thank You for Your Service — $3.7 million
7. Only the Brave — $3.4 million
8. The Foreigner — $3.2 million
9. Suburbicon — $2.8 million
10. It — $2.5 million