Who else needs an extra cup of coffee this morning? Between the Halloween festivities and catching up on the TiVo, I'm beat. But enough about yours truly, here are the box office results. You probably know by now that Patricia predicted with 100% accuracy what movies would end up in the top five:
- Saw III, $34.3 million
- The Departed, $9.8 million
- The Prestige, $9.6 million
- Flags of Our Fathers, $6.35 million
- Open Season, $6.1 million
- Patricia -- this week: 16 points/total: 39 points (after 3 weeks)
- chrisnbn -- 10 points/29 points (3 weeks)
- crzydcguy84 -- 11 points/26 points (3 weeks)
- zsxxx03 -- 10 points/25 points (2 weeks)
- mrheenster -- 7 points/14 points (2 weeks)
- drurd2006-- 12 points (1 week)
- zippylizardhead --10 points (1 week)
- golfman -- 7 points (1 week)
- jecmen24 -- 7 points (1 week)
Jigsaw and his torturous games managed to scare up the highest grossing weekend for the horror movie franchise AND the best opening yet for its studio, Lionsgate. It's also the first gorefest sequel in a while to outearn its predecessor. In this case, 'Saw II' made $31.7 million and ended up with $87 million. If the third time is indeed a charm for the 'Saw' franchise, this installment should easily break the $90 million mark.
'The Departed' continues to kick box-office arse, landing in second place for the third week in a row. The mob drama's total gross now stands at a hefty $91.1 million. As I've mentioned before, in another two weeks, director Martin Scorsese should have a new career-high film, since 'The Aviator,' which made $102 million. We hope this bodes well award-wise for what our Moviefone staff collectively considers the movie of the year.
In it's first limited release, 'Babel' earned approximately $366,000 in only seven theaters. The heartwrenching international drama, starring Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt, will roll out into 35 theaters this Friday and eventually around 1200 in two weeks. It's worth waiting for, but be warned, it's definitely not a "feel-good" film. But those of you who've seenthe director's previous tear-jerkers '21 Grams' and 'Amores Perros' probably know not to expect too many laughs from grief expert Alejandro González Iñárritu.
And on that somber note, I bid you all farewell. Good luck with next week's predictions!Tags:Saw III, The Prestige, The Departed, Flags of Our Fathers, Open Season, Martin Scorsese, Babel, box office