The North American box-office is looking to be all quiet for the Halloween weekend as people head out to parties, dinners or live events, or stay in and binge on “Stranger Things,” “Super Mario Odyssey” and other distractions.
“Jigsaw,” the revival of the dormant “Saw” franchise with this eighth entry, looks set to take the top spot – but only with a quiet $16 million estimate for the weekend. That’s the second lowest opening ever for a “Saw” movie, behind only “Saw VI” at $14 million, and suggests audiences are very much done with the franchise.
Additionally the military drama “Thank You for Your Service” and George Clooney’s dark 1950s crime drama “Suburbicon” are both failing with the films headed for $4 million and $3 million respective opening weekends. “Suburbicon” has been doubly injured by both poor critical reviews (27% on RT) and poor audience reviews with the film nabbing a D- CinemaScore – just one half grade above the dreaded F.
“Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” will come in second with a further $9.3 million for its second weekend – a drop of 40% which isn’t too bad. The Blake Lively-led “All I See Is You” also opened on several hundred screens and looks to be chalking up a woeful $537 per screen average.
Overseas, everyone is at “Thor: Ragnarok” which has grossed $28 million in its first three days in 28 international markets (and that’s before the weekend) and is charting both well ahead of the second film and “Doctor Strange” which both opened in the October/November window in years past. That film opens this coming Friday in the United States and is targeting a $125 million three-day opening.
Source: Box-Office Mojo