The Saw franchise continues to enjoy the Halloween holiday. The box office battle this weekend was between comedy (Dan in Real Life) and horror (Saw IV). As you might have guessed, Saw IV easily came out on top.
Box Office Report: Saw IV #1
Steve Carell got hacked, slashed and tortured by Saw IV over the weekend. Coming in at an estimated $32.1 million, a number just shy of the $33.6 million opening of Saw III, Saw IV was able to earn a whopping $20 million over Dan in Real Life.
Though Disney is bound to blame Halloween, it looks like moviegoers are still not entirely ready for the return of family dramas -- no matter how lighthearted.
Of the $12 million earned, Disney claims that teens did count for 20% of Dan's audience.
Even with Saw IV's strong opening, the box office has yet to rebound from its recent slump. The sixth week in a row, the weekend was down a minimal 1% from last year. Hollywood isn't worried, however, as the box office is still up 7% from 2006.
(what they are worried about is the upcoming strike)
Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone is showing some strength. Though it was only able to remain at the #7 spot, the crime drama declined a light 29% in its second bow. Michael Clayton is also showing signs of life, with another $5 million during its third weekend. A small decline (25%) has helped bring the film's total earnings to $28.8 million.
Universal's Rendition wasn't as lucky. The film couldn't stay amongst the top ten after declining 42% in its second frame.