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'Saw 3D' Tops, Hilary Swank Disappoints

Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Red
John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman in Robert Schwentke's Red

Nov. 4

Saw 3D topped the U.S. and Canada box office chart one more time on Wednesday, Nov. 3, scoring $1.26 million as per figures released at Box Office Mojo.

In the Saw 3D cast: Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery, Chad Donella, and Costas Mandylor.

At no. 2, Robert Schwentke's Red, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Morgan Freeman, took in $954,000.

Up one spot, Johnny Knoxville's Jackass 3D drew $885k in third place.

Down one spot at no. 4, Tod Williams' Paranormal Activity 2, pulled in $847k (-28.5 percent), thus falling below the $1m-per-day mark on Day 13.

Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, featuring Matt Damon, Cécile De France, and Bryce Dallas Howard, brought in $572,000 at no. 5. It was followed by Diane Lane's horse-racing drama Secretariat with $476,000.

Next in line were David Fincher-Jesse Eisenberg-Justin Timberlake's The Social Network, up one spot with $438k at no. 7, and the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-Josh Lucas comedy Life As We Know It with $421,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Ben Affleck-Jeremy Renner-Jon Hamm's The Town with $228,000, Hilary Swank-Tony Goldwyn-Sam Rockwell's Conviction with $187,000, Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, down two spots with $121,000, and Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman,' back among the top twelve with $110k.

Among the top-twelve movies, Legend of the Guardians finally went down as in previous weekdays, posting the – by far – steepest Tuesday-to-Wednesday drop-off rate, down 64.7 percent. Waiting for 'Superman' was the only one to post attendance gains, up 2.4 percent.

Also among the top twelve, Saw 3D had the highest per-theater average, $451. Legend of the Guardians had the lowest, $60.

Photo: Red (Frank Masi / Summit Entertainment)

Nov. 3

Bruce Willis, Karl Urban, Red
Bruce Willis, Karl Urban in Robert Schwentke's Red

Kevin Greutert's horror flick Saw 3D was the no. 1 movie at the U.S. and Canada box office on Monday, Nov. 1, pulling in $1.98 million according to Box Office Mojo.

Saw 3D features Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery, Chad Donella, and Costas Mandylor.

Tod Williams' Paranormal Activity 2, brought in $1.33 million in second place.

Up one spot at no. 3, Johnny Knoxville's Jackass 3D collected $1.08 million.

Down one spot at no. 4, Robert Schwentke's Red, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Morgan Freeman, grossed $953,000, thus falling below the $1m-per-day mark on Day 18.

Clint Eastwood's drama Hereafter, featuring Matt Damon, Cécile De France, and Bryce Dallas Howard, brought in $558,000 at no. 5. It was followed by Diane Lane's horse-racing drama Secretariat with $487,000.

Next in line were David Fincher-Jesse Eisenberg-Justin Timberlake's The Social Network with $446,000 at no. 7 and the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-Josh Lucas comedy Life As We Know It with $441,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole with $222k (surprisingly up two spots on a weekday), Ben Affleck-Jeremy Renner-Jon Hamm's The Town with $217,000, Hilary Swank-Tony Goldwyn-Sam Rockwell's Conviction with $168,000, Emma Stone's Easy A with $124,000.

Among the top-twelve movies, Easy A posted the smallest Sunday-to-Monday drop-off rate, down 43.5 percent. Paranormal Activity 2 posted the steepest, down 68.4 percent.

Also among the top twelve, partly thanks to 3D surcharges Saw 3D had the highest per-theater average, $708. Easy A had the lowest, $99.

Photo: Red (Frank Masi / Summit Entertainment)

Ernest Borgnine, Karl Urban in Robert Schwentke's Red
Ernest Borgnine, Karl Urban in Robert Schwentke's Red

Addendum: Kevin Greutert's horror flick Saw 3D was once again the no. 1 movie at the North American box office on Tuesday, Nov. 2, grossing $1.88 million according to Box Office Mojo.

Saw 3D features Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery, Chad Donella, and Costas Mandylor.

Up two spots at no. 2, Robert Schwentke's Red, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Morgan Freeman, grossed $1.2 million – once again above the $1m-per-day mark and its best ranking since Week 1.

Down one spot at no. 3, Tod Williams' Paranormal Activity 2, earned $1.18 million (down 11.2 percent). One more such drop and the cheaply made – but expensively marketed – poltergeistish flick will fall below the $1m-per-day mark.

Johnny Knoxville's Jackass 3D collected $1.13 million in fourth place.

Clint Eastwood's drama Hereafter, featuring Matt Damon, Cécile De France, and Bryce Dallas Howard, took in $731,000 at no. 5. It was followed by Diane Lane's horse-racing drama Secretariat with $695,000.

Next in line were the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-Josh Lucas comedy Life As We Know It with $559,000, up one spot at no. 7, and David Fincher-Jesse Eisenberg-Justin Timberlake's The Social Network, down one spot with $538k at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole with $343,000, Ben Affleck-Jeremy Renner-Jon Hamm's The Town with $261,000, Hilary Swank-Tony Goldwyn-Sam Rockwell's Conviction with $236,000, Emma Stone's Easy A with $127,000.

Among the top-twelve movies, only two posted attendance decreases on Tuesday, Saw 3D (-5 percent) and Paranormal Activity 2 (-11.2 percent).

Just to contradict my prediction that Legend of the Guardians would sink during the week – as it has done in the past several weeks – the CGI-animated feature posted the highest Monday-to-Tuesday attendance increase, up 54.3 percent.

Also among the top twelve, Saw 3D had the highest per-theater average, $673. Easy A had the lowest, $101.

Photo: Red (Frank Masi / Summit Entertainment)

Nov. 1

Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Red
Helen Mirren, John Malkovich in Robert Schwentke's Red

Kevin Greutert's gory horror flick Saw 3D topped the North American box office chart this past Halloween weekend (Oct. 29-31), collecting $22.53 million according to actuals published at Box Office Mojo.

Adding about $1.7 million from Thursday midnight screenings, Saw 3D's total reached $24.23 million by Sunday evening. Expect a major drop-off rate next weekend.

Saw 3D features Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery, Chad Donella, and Costas Mandylor.

Last weekend's champ, Tod Williams' Paranormal Activity 2, took in $16.5 million in second place.

Robert Schwentke's Red, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Morgan Freeman, scored $10.72 million at no. 3.

At no. 4, Johnny Knoxville's Jackass 3D drew $8.5 million, down 60.1 percent.

At no. 5, Clint Eastwood's drama Hereafter, featuring Matt Damon, Cécile De France, and Bryce Dallas Howard, brought in $6.42 million (down 46.6 percent from last weekend), followed by Diane Lane's horse-racing drama Secretariat with $5 million.

Next in line were David Fincher-Jesse Eisenberg's The Social Network with $4.51 million at no. 7 and the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-Josh Lucas comedy Life As We Know It with $4.05 million at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Ben Affleck-Jeremy Renner-Jon Hamm's The Town with $1.97 million, Hilary Swank-Tony Goldwyn-Sam Rockwell's Conviction with $1.83 million, Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole with $1.75 million, Emma Stone's Easy A with $1.06 million.

Gone from the top twelve were Oliver Stone-Michael Douglas-Shia LaBeouf's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman,' though either one could return to the chart once Legend of the Guardians suffers its inevitable weekday plunge.

Among the top-twelve movies (not including new entry Saw 3D and the expanded Conviction), The Town posted the smallest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 28.1 percent. Jackass 3D posted the steepest, down 60.1 percent.

Also among the top twelve, Saw 3D, partly thanks to 3D surcharges (more than 90 percent of its revenues came form 3D houses), had the highest per-theater average, $8,024. Easy A had the lowest, $846.

Photo: Red (Frank Masi / Summit Entertainment)

Oct. 31

Chester Bennington, Saw 3D
Chester Bennington, Saw 3D

Saw 3D topped the North American box office on Friday, Oct. 29, with $10.7 million – including about $1.7 million from Thursday midnight screenings – according studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Saw 3D is playing at 2,808 theaters. Its Friday per-theater average, excluding Thursday screenings, was $3,205.

With only $550,000 at 565 locations (from 55 last weekend), the Tony Goldwyn-directed, real-life-inspired Hilary Swank-Sam Rockwell drama Conviction averaged a mere $973 per site. Expect the Conviction expansion to remain modest – either that, or to be quite brief.

Down one spot, Tod Williams' horror flick Paranormal Activity 2 crossed the $50 million milestone after collecting $5.8 million. Its per-theater average was $1,791. Total after 8 days: $54.95 million.

Now ahead of Jackass 3D, Robert Schwentke's comedy-actioner Red, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Morgan Freeman, scored $3.4 million, thus passing the $50 million milestone. Red's total after 15 days stood at $51.49 million.

Down two spots, Johnny Knoxville's Jackass 3D brought in $3.14 million. The idiocy fest should pass the $100 million milestone some time on Saturday.

At no. 5, Clint Eastwood's drama Hereafter, featuring Matt Damon, Cécile De France, and Bryce Dallas Howard, earned $2.09 million.

At no. 6, Diane Lane's horse-racing drama Secretariat drew $1.58 million, followed by David Fincher-Jesse Eisenberg's The Social Network with $1.55 million.

Next in line was the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-Josh Lucas comedy Life As We Know It with $1.45 million at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Ben Affleck-Jeremy Renner-Jon Hamm's The Town with $620,000, Conviction with $550,000, Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole with $480,000, Emma Stone's Easy A with $380k.

Gone from the top twelve were Oliver Stone-Michael Douglas-Shia LaBeouf's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman.'

Among the top-twelve movies (not including new entry Saw 3D and the expanded Conviction), Easy A posted the biggest Thursday-to-Friday increase, up 211.9 percent. Jackass 3Dposted the smallest, up 129.5 percent.

Also among the top twelve, Saw 3D, partly thanks to 3D surcharges, had the highest per-theater average, $3,205. Legend of the Guardians had the lowest, $239.

Photo: Brooke Palmer (Lionsgate)

Addendum

Sean Patrick Flanery, Saw 3D
Sean Patrick Flanery, Saw 3D

As expected, Kevin Greutert's cheapo horror flick Saw 3D topped the U.S. and Canada box office chart this Halloween weekend (Oct. 29-31), grossing $22.5 million according studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Playing at 2,808 venues, the Lionsgate-distributed Saw 3D's per-theater average was an solid – though hardly outstanding (especially for a 3D flick) – $8,013. Adding $1.7 million from Thursday midnight screenings, its total reaches $24.2 million.

That's less than Saws 2-5 earned on their first weekend (Saw III scored the most, $33.61 million), but nearly as much as Saw VI earned during its entire run ($27.69m.)

Saw 3D's box office take certainly isn't bad for a movie that cost a reported $20 million. However, it falls short of expectations.

After all, some had been predicting Saw 3D to gross more than $30 million on opening weekend, and even early Friday estimates had the movie collecting about $28m.

Written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, Saw 3D features Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery, Chad Donella, and Costas Mandylor.

Photo: Saw 3D (Brooke Palmer / Lionsgate)

Hilary Swank, Tony Goldwyn, Conviction
Hilary Swank, Tony Goldwyn on the set of Conviction

After expanding from 55 to 565 locations, the Tony Goldwyn-directed, based-on-a-true-story Hilary Swank-Sam Rockwell drama Conviction collected a disappointing $1.82 million, landing at no. 10 for the Halloween weekend and averaging only $3,230 per venue according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Despite generally positive reviews (70 percent “fresh” among Rotten Tomatoes' “top critics”), expect the Conviction expansion to remain modest – either that, or to be quite brief. Also, expect Hilary Swank's Best Actress Oscar chances to become drastically smaller.

To date, this Fox Searchlight release has taken in $2.37 million. It won't be easy for Conviction to match at the domestic box office its quite modest $12.5 million budget. The poorly received Amelia, which opened in late Oct. 2009, drew $3.9 million on its first weekend out, cuming at only $14.2 million.

Photo: Conviction (Ron Batzdorf / Fox Searchlight).

Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Secretariat
Diane Lane, John Malkovich in Randall Wallace's Secretariat

Down one spot from last weekend, Tod Williams' horror flick Paranormal Activity 2 grossed $16.5 million (down 59.4 percent) at the North American box office according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Total: $65.65 million. Cost: $3 million, in addition to approximately $25 million in marketing expenses.

It's hard to compare the performance of the prequel/sequel to that of the first Paranormal Activity because last year's sleeper hit (well, one of them) kept expanding its number of theaters for several weeks. As a result, even after going wide Paranormal Activity's drop-off rates were smaller, e.g., down 22.6 percent on the second wide weekend after adding 459 venues.

Having surpassed Jackass 3D, Robert Schwentke's comedy-actioner Red, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Morgan Freeman, brought in $10.81 million (down only down 28.1 percent). Total: $58.9 million. Cost: $58 million.

Down two spots, Johnny Knoxville's Jackass 3D pulled in $8.42 million, down a whopping 60.5 percent. Total: $101.57 million, having passed the $100 million milestone on Sunday. Cost: $20 million.

At no. 5, Clint Eastwood's drama Hereafter, featuring Matt Damon, Cécile De France, and Bryce Dallas Howard, collected $6.32 million, down a sizable – for an adult drama – down 47.4 percent despite the addition of nearly 250 venues. Total: $22.16 million. Cost: $50 million.

At no. 6: Diane Lane's horse-racing drama Secretariat drew $4.7 million (down a mere down 27.6 percent). Total: $44.77 million. Cost: $35 million.

At no. 7, David Fincher-Jesse Eisenberg's The Social Network with $1.55 million (down 35.4 percent). Total: $79.7 million. Cost: $50 million. Unless it gets rereleased during awards season, it seems highly unlikely that The Social Network will reach the $100 million milestone domestically.

Next in line was the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-Josh Lucas comedy Life As We Know It with $4 million (down 34.8 percent) at no. 8. Total: $43.47 million. Cost: $38 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were:

  • Ben Affleck-Jeremy Renner-Jon Hamm's The Town with $1.95 million (down 29.1 percent). Total: $87.6 million. Cost: $37 million.
  • Hilary Swank-Tony Goldwyn-Sam Rockwell's Conviction with $1.82 million. Total: $2.37 million. Cost: $12.5 million.
  • Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (finally losing steam, down 47.5 percent) with $1.7 million. Total: $56.62 million. Cost: $80 million.
  • Emma Stone's Easy A with $1.1 million (down 37.1 percent). Total: $56.33 million. Cost: $8 million.

Gone from the top twelve were Oliver Stone-Michael Douglas-Shia LaBeouf's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman.'

Among the top-twelve movies (not including new entry Saw 3D and the expanded Conviction), Secretariat posted the smallest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 27.6 percent. Jackass 3D posted the steepest, down 60.5 percent.

Also among the top twelve, Saw 3D, partly thanks to 3D surcharges, had the highest per-theater average, $8,013. Legend of the Guardians had the lowest, $848.

Photo: Secretariat (John Bramley / Walt Disney Pictures)

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Betsy Russell, Saw 3D
Betsy Russell, Saw 3D

Directed by Kevin Greutert, Saw 3D debuted with “an underwhelming” $11 million on Friday, including a not very impressive $1.7 million from Thursday midnight screenings, according to Nikki Finke's early, rough estimates posted at Deadline.com.

For the Halloween weekend, Saw 3D – 3D surcharges notwithstanding – is expected to take in $28 million. That's less than Saws 2-5 earned on their first weekend, but more than Saw VI earned during its entire run ($27.69m.)

Paranormal Activity 2 was no. 2 with about $6.4 million on Friday, and an estimated $18.5 million for the weekend.

Bruce Willis-Helen Mirren's Red, Johnny Knoxville's Jackass 3D, and Clint Eastwood-Matt Damon's Hereafter followed on Friday with $3.4 million, $3 million, and $2 million respectively.

Remember, those are early, rough estimates. Official studio estimates will be released Saturday morning.

Photo: Brooke Palmer / Lionsgate.


         
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2 Comments to 'Saw 3D' Tops, Hilary Swank Disappoints

  1. Idlewild

    Not a deserved nomination, but a knee-jerk one. Sometimes the award nominators get stuck in a box of expectations that says “so-and-so has won awards in the past so this performance must be better than we think it is.” Hence, more deserving actors get overlooked. It makes awards boring and predictable in general. Ho hum.

  2. igor

    I'm disappointed that Swank got a nomination for the SAG Awards. She was fine, but the film was weak. Other actresses had meatier roles this year. They should have been nominated instead. Swank is a great actress but she has done better work elsewhere.