The 7th movie in the very long lasting horror series Saw comes out today in 2808 theaters, can it live up to the box office success of the first 3 movies or will it score an all time low like Saw VI?
It’s hard to believe that Saw first debuted on the big screen just 6 years ago and here we are now, waiting for the 7th one. Before I go ahead with my prediction for Saw 3D (and since this is the only wide opening of the weekend) I will first go into a bit of history regarding the box office performances of the movies in this series.
Saw came out on October 29th 2004 and generated $18.2 million opening weekend finishing with $55.8 million in North America and a grand total of $103 million worldwide, all of that on a budget of only $1.2 million. Saw II stepped everything up, more screens and a much bigger weekend, $31.7 million moving on to become the highest grossing in the series in North America with $87 million and $147.7 million worldwide, this time it had a $4 million budget.
Saw III had the highest opening in the series ($33.6 million) but could not live up to the North American total of Saw II coming $7 million short ($80.2 million). On the other hand it managed the highest worldwide gross with $164.8 million and cost more then twice as much as the last one ($10 million).
The downfall definitely started with number Saw IV, $31.7 million opening and $63.3 million with $139.3 million worldwide. It is said to have cost the same as the last one so in that regard it made almost just as much money for Lionsgate (the distributor of all movies in the series).
Saw V took another dive, $30 million opening and $56.7 million with $113.8 million worldwide, also cost $10 million. Saw VI is the one that takes the biggest fall with a series low opening of $14.1 million and goes on to $27.6 million in North America (half as much as the first one) and only $67.3 million worldwide. Considering the budget was kept low, $11 million, Lionsgate gave the green light for the 7th and (so they say) final chapter in the Saw series.
Saw 3D has some tough competition in Paranormal Activity 2 and might lose if it can’t pull at least $20 million. My prediction is exactly that, $20 million with $18 million for Paranormal Activity 2. With such a small difference anything can happen.
In 3rd place Jackass 3-D is going to bring in $11 million for a $104 million gross so far.
Red is trying to reach 3rd place but for now (in my opinion) it will have to settle for 4th place and $10 million for a $58 million total.
Hereafter finishes the top 5 with $8 million and a decent hold for the Clint Eastwood directed drama.
Happy Halloween to everyone, or should I say Scary Halloween to everyone!