‘Saw 3D’ makes the cut at Halloween box office

LOS ANGELES, Oct 31 (BestGrowthStock) – The “Saw” horror franchise
is not as sharp as it used to be, but the seventh — and
reportedly — final entry in the annual Halloween franchise
managed to take the top spot at the weekend box office in North
America, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.

“Saw 3D” earned $24.2 million during the three days
beginning on Friday, in line with muted expectations, but still
the series’ third-lowest opening.

Last year’s disappointing “Saw VI” launched to just $14.1
million, crushed by the “Paranormal Activity” chiller. The four
entries before that all opened at No. 1 with more than $30
million each. The first film in distributor Lionsgate’s
lucrative series, opened at No. 3 in 2004 with $14.1 million.

Last weekend’s champion, “Paranormal Activity 2,” slipped
to No. 2 with $16.5 million, taking the 10-day haul for
Paramount Pictures’ scary movie sequel to $65.7 million.

Summit Entertainment’s Bruce Willis-led crime ensemble
“Red” held at No. 3 with $10.8 million, giving it a $58.9
million total after three weekends.

The only other new entry in the top 10 was Fox
Searchlight’s Hilary Swank legal drama “Conviction,” which
jumped 15 places to No. 10 with $1.8 million in its first
weekend of wide release.

Lionsgate is a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp
(LGF.N: ). Paramount Pictures is a unit of Viacom Inc (VIAb.N: ).
Summit Entertainment is privately held. Fox Searchlight
Pictures is a unit of News Corp (NWSA.O: ).

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Sandra Maler)

‘Saw 3D’ makes the cut at Halloween box office