The big finale of “Saw” franchise beat the previous frontrunner “Paranormal Activity 2” in the US box office collecting estimated $22.5 million on 3,500 screens at 2,808 locations in its opening weekend. This win for “Saw” franchise was also the way of showing the metaphorical middle finger to “Paranormal Activity” whose last year’s surprise box office success smothered the butcher saga’s agreeably weak sixth chapter. That was certainly an honorable way to put “Saw” and Jigsaw finally to rest – if indeed the creators, fueled by latest success don’t change their minds and get it going all over again.
“Paranormal Activity 2,” running in its second weekend made only $16.5 million – 60% less than the previous week, though with total $65.6 million total so far it holds a solid second place, especially considering that it’s budget was a mere $3 million – opposed to $20 million spent on “Saw 3D.” Veteran spy thriller “Red” remained firmly in its third place with $10.8 million, thus finally returning its $58 million budget after just three weeks. This may also mean the future comeback of deadly but charming company of Willis and pals in the sequel – the potential is certainly all there. “Jackass 3D” dropped to the fourth spot with $8.4 million, though in total it has $100 million already in its pocket, and Clint Eastwood’s latest offspring “Hereafter” took another fall and landed on the fifth, making $6.3 million.
Horse drama “Secretariat” came in sixth this week with $5 million, and “The Social Network” finished seventh with $4.7 million. “Life As We Know It” took one step down to eighth spot making $4 million, and “The Town” still keeps its position of the ninth with $1,9 million. “Conviction” entered the final spot in the top 10 this week by going into wide release and making $2.8 million.