Jigsaw Puzzles Together a Win


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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