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Box Office Breakdown: Saw Franchise Ends with a Win

Saw 3D

The Saw franchise, which has been churning out annual entries since kicking off in 2004, introduced a new twist to the latest October entry. That visual element, plus a calendar shift, helped Saw 3D take first place over the holiday weekend.

Despite the $22.5 million debut, Saw 3D – the seventh and final film in the series – didn’t exactly end the series with a bloody bang. The horror flick had the fifth-best open in the entire franchise -- and that's including the higher ticket prices. (Only the 2004 original and 2009’s Saw VI – which was pitted directly against Paranormal Activity – did worse.)

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In Theaters This Weekend: October 15, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Jackass 3D (R): starring Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O (directed by Jeff Tremaine)
  • Red (PG-13): starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich (directed by Robert Schwentke)
  • Carlos* (NR): starring Edgar Ramirez, Alexander Scheer, Nora Von Waldstatten (directed by Olivier Assayas)
  • Carmo, Hit the Road (NR): starring Fele Martínez, Mariana Loureiro, Seu Jorge (directed by Murilo Pasta)
  • Conviction* (R): starring Sam Rockwell, Hilary Swank, Juliette Lewis (directed by Tony Goldwyn)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 3, 2010

Kick-Ass DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • After.Life: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Breakfast Club (25th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Bull Durham: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Charlie’s Angels: Blu-ray
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Escape from New York: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Fargo: i>DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • The Ghost Writer: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Humanoids from the Deep: DVD, Blu-ray
  • James and the Giant Peach: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Kalifornia: Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Escape to Couples Retreat

Couples Retreat

Depending on how you look at the numbers, the winner this weekend was either or Paranormal Activity.

In the comedy corner, we have a Peter Billingsley-directed film that earned $35.3 million and a first-place finish. The movie - which combined the efforts of Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Jason Bateman - pulled in the best numbers for any Columbus Day weekend entry ever. It also gave Vaughn his 2nd best opening behind The Break-Up.

Meanwhile, on the horror front, made a huge splash despite being in limited release. The Blair Witch-esque movie scared up a shocking $49,000 per screen average. It also raked in nearly 500 times more than its budget. (It only cost less than $16,000 to produce.)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: October 13, 2009

The Proposal on Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Adoration: DVD, Blu-ray
  • American Violet: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Craft: Blu-ray
  • Drag Me to Hell: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Every Little Step: DVD
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Blu-ray
  • Happy Birthday to Me: DVD
  • Land of the Lost: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Natural Born Killers (Director’s Cut): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Proposal: DVD, Blu-ray
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: Blu-ray
  • The Stepfather: DVD
  • Stop Making Sense: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Box Office Breakdown: No Sluggish Start for Zombieland

Zombieland

Watch out, vampires…there’s still life in the other undead.

Although he was previously known as a director for Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ruben Fleischer now has a new title: box office champ. This past weekend, Ruben saw his first major feature, , attack the competition with a $24.7 million debut. The movie - which only cost approximately $24 million to make - had the highest open for any zombie-themed flick since Dawn of the Dead in 2004.

Meanwhile, another director had an entirely different result with her debut feature. , a roller derby comedy helmed by Drew Barrymore, rolled into 6th place finish with only $4.7 million. (When your film’s been topped by Pixar entries from 10+ years ago, there might have a problem.) Hopefully in a few more weeks, the Ellen Page vehicle will at least cover its $15 million production tab.

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In Theaters This Weekend: October 2, 2009

The Invention of Lying

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Capitalism: A Love Story** (R): starring Michael Moore (directed by Michael Moore)
  • The Invention of Lying (PG-13): starring Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill (directed by Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson)
  • Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3D (G): starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger (directed by John Lasseter)
  • Whip It! (PG-13): starring Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis (directed by Drew Barrymore)
  • Zombieland (R): starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone (directed by Ruben Fleischer)

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