Given the season and all, perhaps it’s fitting that a horror movie won a truly terrifying weekend—at least terrifying as far as Hollywood bean counters are concerned.
Jigsaw, a resurrection of the Saw franchise, took the top spot with a woeful $16.3 million (estimated, of course). Its victory simultaneously confirmed the horror genre’s power this year and suggested that the meat-and-blood-obsessed Saw franchise has definitely spoiled over time. Still, a win’s a win, and despite a slew of new movies out, it was the only newcomer to hit the top five.
Most of the freshman entrants bombed out of the gate. Thank You for Your Service proved to be the most durable of the bunch, banking $3.7 million to finish sixth, just outside the top five. Meanwhile, Suburbicon collected a truly miserable $2.8 million for eighth. Let There be Light, a Christian flick, garnered $1.9 million—not too bad for the genre.
And, of course, all of these newcomers can take solace that they finished well above All I See is You—a movie that, apparently, was seen by only I and the immediate family of star Blake Lively. It earned just a touch over $135,000, which means the only thing this film will ever see again is the bottom of a DVD bargain bin.