Jigsaw Puzzles Together a Win

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Jigsaw

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.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween finished second with $10 million, followed by Geostorm ($5.7 million), Happy Death Day ($5.1 million) and Blade Runner 2049 ($4 million).

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.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 19 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Just curious, but am I the only one who's NOT looking forward to Thor: Ragnarok (even though I liked the first two Thor movies)?
Evan Weisensel 19 days ago
Probably. It's actually been the first Marvel movie I've been truly pumped about since the first Captain America movie. (I'm also pretty hyped for Black Panther as well.)
Inkfeather1 . 19 days ago
Why are you not excited? I can't wait for it. Might even go see it in theaters even though I'm really too broke to afford that xD To be fair though, I can see why some people are starting to get tired of Marvel movies in general. They've put out a lot of them.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Trust me, I'm not tired of Marvel movies; I'm absolutely pumped for Black Panther and Infinity War. I just don't like the direction this new Thor movie is going.

I liked how the Thor movies had a tone that was unique from the rest of the MCU. This new Thor seems to be ripping off of Guardians of the Galaxy. What was wrong with 'Shakespeare with superheroes'?
Inkfeather1 . 18 days ago
That's fair. It definitely has that GotG look to it. It might be nice though, maybe help tie the Guardians into the MCU a little better? 
Anonymous 18 days ago
Posted by Peggy Carter

You're definitely not the only one, First Comment Guy. I liked the first two as well, but the third just looks like commercialized video game material waiting to happen. I'm wondering if maybe Marvel is just trying to end the contracts they have and are simply running out of interesting plots?
Anonymous 18 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Hmmmm. A Marvel fighting video game in the style of Injustice? That actually sounds like a lot of fun. I'd buy that game if they ever made it.
charitysplace 17 days ago
I'm... iffy.

I'm not a huge Marvel fan and am kinda bored with them all at this point, but... Cate Blanchett is the (first female) villain in this, so I'm in. :P
Alex Clark 16 days ago
Not the only one.  I'm still going to see it, and I'm sure it will be decent and up to the relative quality of the other films, but I am very wary about the tone.  I saw an article recently declaring Thor 3 to be "the funniest super hero movie ever" and that has me worried.  I think recently Marvel is letting their films become a little too jokey and comedic.  I know they have always had a share of comic relief, but I feel like the phase 1 and 2 movies had a little more of a serious edge to them that these phase 3 movies have lacked, ESPECIALLY Guardians 2, which I felt was way overboard with humor.  (I know Civil War was relatively serious, but it had some other problems for me)  I wish Marvel would pulls things back a little; give us another movie on the level of "Winter Soldier" in terms of tone and style.  I'm sure they want to avoid being perceived as "serious and unfun" as most DC movies have been, but that doesn't mean they have to throw seriousness out the window completely.
Inkfeather1 . 19 days ago
The Saw franchise should be way past dead by now. Even the first movie made no sense :/ I guess it won because there seems to be literally nothing else interesting in theaters right now.
bobed 19 days ago
If the sole requirement for a movie franchise was that they need to make sense, Avatar and Star Wars wouldn't be the highest grossing movies.
Inkfeather1 . 19 days ago
Ok, first off, I never said it was the sole requirement. And second, Star Wars and Avatar are fantasy/science fiction and can take a few more liberties than a story set in the real world. Saw is set in the real world and so should follow real world rules. It doesn't. Star Wars and Avatar at least have a good amount of internal consistency and stick to the rules their universe made up. Saw doesn't. 
bobed 18 days ago
Saw isn't exactly set in the real world, in my opinion. I feel like a real-world movie should be about things that are within one's realm of belief. The "traps" in Saw - the very concept of them - are unbelievable. The whole nature of the plot is pretty out-there. You have to suspend your disbelief to "enjoy" the horror - why else would such a movie exist? It's not for the plot or characters, but for the thrill of seeing horrible people getting torn apart in inventive ways, for people who enjoy that sort of thing. And people who enjoy that sort of thing, I don't think are going to care much whether the internal consistency is out of whack. What I'm saying is - if you're looking to the Saw films for sense-making, prepare to be disappointed 8 times over.
Inkfeather1 . 18 days ago
Suspension of disbelief is a very fragile thing. It's fine to take a few liberties, but go too far into the illogical, impossible, or irrational and people are yanked out of the story. Like it or not, Saw is supposed to be set in our world. It's got cars, doctors, police officers, and all the traps are made of things we are all familiar with. True horror only works if it makes some sense. If you are sitting there constantly wondering why this character made such an unrealistic decision or that character died in a way that would never happen without special effects, then it stops being scary and just becomes laughable. There are some really good horror movies out there, but Saw isn't one of them. It's just gore, and that's why it did so poorly.
bobed 19 days ago
I couldn't even read the Jigsaw review all the way through. Guess I'm not taking the wife and kids to see THAT one! How awful. How can anyone enjoy the sight of others being brutally eviscerated in increasingly horrible ways?
Evan Weisensel 19 days ago
Were you seriously thinking of taking your fan to that movie in the first place? Or were you being facetious?
bobed 19 days ago
Surprised you had to ask. Yes, I was indeed kidding. I wouldn't even take myself to that movie, much less my underage children.
Evan Weisensel 19 days ago
That's what I thought.... Hard to do sarcasm on the internet. That, or horror movies are your secret guilty pleasure! ;)
bobed 19 days ago
Nope. Although I do appreciate some of the older ones, like Wolfman and Invisible Man.
Evan Weisensel 19 days ago
Yeah, I've heard good things about classic Universal movies. Beat Marvel to the cinematic universe punch by about 80 or so years.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

And then, Univeraal hired Alex Kurtsman to sully up their Monster franchise with The Mummy.

Wayda go Alex. ;)