It’s no surprise to anyone that a horror movie topped the box office this weekend, as Halloween draws near and everyone’s already seen IT. Jigsaw, the eighth installment in the now never-ending Saw series, was the right kind of schlock for the time, and it brought in a solid $16.25m on its opening weekend. Franchise recognition plus the desire to have the shit scared out of you for a couple of hours is a potent combination.
Not bad for a $10m flick either. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, a title I still can’t type without groaning, brought in another $10m, placing it at number two, while Gerard Butler’s weather hating laser shenanigan-fest Geostorm took in just over $5.6m. It looks set to lose its studio about $100m buy hey, that weather got punched pretty hard. Thank You for Your Service, the military drama starring Miles Teller, opened respectably at number 6 with $3.7m, a little shy of its $4m estimate but nothing to sneeze at, especially during a consistently bleak box office.
The real pain comes at number 9, where George Clooney’s latest directorial effort Suburbicon scraped by with a disastrous $2.8m opening weekend from 2046 cinemas. That’s an average of $1369 per theatre, and certainly not the news Paramount were hoping for. Tepid reviews and mixed ad campaigns led the film to one of the worst opening weekends for any movie the studio has released, and these are the people who thought it was a good idea to give a wide release to mother!
Victoria and Abdul continues to be one of the year’s surprisingly resilient indie dramas, taking in another $1.6m and bringing its American gross to $17.7m. Movies directed by Stephen Frears for old lady audiences have real staying power. Oh, and The Snowman fell from number 8 to number 17 in its second week. Poor Mr. Police.
In the indie world, this year’s Palme D’Or winner, The Square took in $76,000 from only two screens, and Notiviate, the Melissa Leo nun drama, brought in $22.577 from three screens.
Oh, and there was a new Amityville Horror film out. Did you know? Me neither. This thing’s been repeatedly delayed since 2014 and was only dumped in ten screens, where it made a whopping $742. Want to know why? Well, it’s a Dimension release. They’re the horror/thriller off-shoot of The Weinstein Company. Yup.
Next week sees the release of Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed directorial debut Lady Bird, the latest Richard Linklater film Last Flag Flying, a new Takeshi Miike movie, a movie where Woody Harrelson plays LBJ, and a Gilbert Gottfried documentary. And something else. Can’t put my finger on it… I feel like it’ll Ragnarock you.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
What films did you watch last week? At what point did you stop caring about Saw movies? What weather would you punch, given the chance? Should we give Miles Teller another chance? Would you see an edit of Suburbicon that was just Oscar Isaac’s two brief scenes? Can you explain The Snowman to us because we’re still stumped? Answers in the comments.