Weekend Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ does fine, ‘Suburbicon’ tanks hard

Given the choice between another sub-mediocre Saw or another sub-mediocre George Clooney directing effort, audiences opted overwhelmingly for the prior. Over the weekend, Jigsaw, the eighth installment of the rosy-cheeked puppet-killer franchise, topped the box office with an estimated $16.3 million. That’s very nearly the lowest opening ever for the series, but given that the film also has a $10 million budget, it’s not such a bad debut either.

The weekend’s other new releases didn’t fare so reasonably well, though.

Thank You for Your Service, the film that doubles as an apology to forsaken ticket-takers at your local cineplex, opened in sixth place with just $3.7 million. Clooney’s Surbubicon did even worse—and that’s with a cast that includes Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac. The not-so-great film just barely cracked the top ten with $2.8 million for the weekend.

Back up in the top five, Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween took advantage of the holiday (Tyler Perry Day) with a second place $10 million. The wretched Geostorm rained down upon the third spot, Happy Death Day fell to fourth, and Blade Runner 2049 dropped to fifth.

Next week: Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters. We have a good feeling about that doing pretty well.

  • HalSolo

    But hey, THE SQUARE did pretty great in like, two theaters so that’s something! Also, it’s pretty damn fantastic (objectively so, but especially so if you love Bunuel films or HOLY MOTORS).