‘Spiral’ Tops The Box Office, Puts ‘Saw’ Series In $1B Club

The Saw franchise is officially in the upper stratosphere of horror films–if the measuring stick is dollar signs.

SpiralFrom the Book of Saw–the ninth installment in the franchise–repeated as box office champ this past weekend and, in so doing, nudged the long-running series past the $1-billion mark globally, as reported by Variety.

Despite a relatively slow weekend–as moviegoers gear up for the big Memorial Day holiday–Spiral pulled in $4.6 million domestically over the three-day period, bringing its box office total to nearly $16 million.

The nine-film Saw series joins The ConjuringAlien and Resident Evil franchises in horror’s billion-dollar blockbuster penthouse.

Spiral–from Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures–is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman from a screenplay by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger. The film–starring Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols–follows Det. Zeke Banks, the son of a famous police chief, as he sets out on a “grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past.”

The multi-film phenomenon began with the original 2004 Saw, directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell. That first movie grossed a whopping $104 million worldwide on a budget of just $1.2 million.

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Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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