Box Office Update: Saw IV Slices Up the Competition


Well, it’s about time that we had a big weekend at the box office. Saw IV cleaned up this weekend with a big take of $32 million. The Steve Carell effort Dan in Real Life ended up with $12 mil. So much for these theories that horror movies have had it. People aren’t fed up at all — at least, not with the Saw movies.

Me, I am fed up getting predictions wrong. I had stupidly picked $6 million for The Darjeeling Limited, that new Owen Wilson movie, and the flick did hardly any business at all– around $1.5 mil. So from a personal standpoint, all I gotta say is I need to go back to the drawing board and start making more of an effort getting these predictions right. Relying on gut instinct won’t do.

Anyway, IT IS ABOUT TIME we had a movie make $32 mil at the box office. I was getting tired of these movies making in the teens and twenties. Things are slowly but surely turning around at the top.

Oh, and by the way — $6.2 mil for The Game Plan again. The Rock continues to roll.

The weekend damages courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

Weekend Estimate
Saw IV Lionsgate
Dan in Real Life Buena Vista
30 Days of Night Sony
The Game Plan Buena Vista
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? Lionsgate
Michael Clayton Warner Bros.
Gone Baby Gone Miramax
The Comebacks Fox Atomic
We Own the Night Sony / Columbia
The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D Buena Vista

As an aside, I thought I would pass along some fun information about an event I attended. This weekend I was in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Manitoba Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo! They had tons of comic book and sci-fi memorabilia there, plus they were showing some short flicks and Japanese anime. They had a few celebrities on hand. Margot Kidder was there from the Superman movies, and so was Richard Hatch of the original Battlestar Galactica (not to be confused with the Survivor winner who, last I heard, went to jail). But the biggest lineups were to see Dave Prowse. That’s right, Darth Vader was in Winnipeg. This was the guy who actually did the physical stuff while James Earl Jones did the voice.

I know we get a big audience of sci-fi and comic book-type people reading this site, so I just wanted to let you know. This news isn’t really box-office related, but to me it shows that there is a big market for movies based on comic books and science fiction. Comic books and science fiction have A LOT OF FANS. As long as there are comic book fans, there will be hit movies with superheroes in them. Guaranteed.

See you later this week for more predictions at The Reject Report, and see you in a couple of years at SAW V.

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