The latest chapter in the long-running Saw franchise last weekend proved the series still has teeth.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw overcame a rash of lukewarm reviews to take a healthy chunk out of the weekend box office, according to Deadline. The Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures film became the sixth No. 1 debut in the nine-movie Saw franchise.
Spiral also checked in with the third-best domestic opening for an R-rated movie during the pandemic era–trailing only Mortal Kombat and Demon Slayer.
Despite some less-than-flattering reviews, Spiral grossed $8.7 million domestically and added another $3.3 million from overseas markets for an overall take of $12 million for last weekend. Still and all, putting this in perspective, this marked the weakest debut for any Saw film, and the movie did not meet industry domestic expectations of from $10 to $15 million.
Spiral–directed by Darren Lynn Bousman from a screenplay by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger–stars Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols.
And other genre films had strong showings last weekend. Godzilla vs. Kong, in its seventh week, placed sixth and took in $1.5 million, for a $95 million total so far. The Warner Bros./Legendary blockbuster–directed by Adam Wingard–stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry.
Mortal Kombat came in seventh for the weekend, grossing $1.3 million in its fourth week, for a total of $40 million. The movie–based on the popular video game franchise–is directed by Simon McQuoid.
And, last but not least, Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, in its opening weekend, came in ninth place and grossed $780,000. The zombie extravaganza–written by Snyder, Shay Hatten and Joby Harold–stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera and about a bazillion zombies.
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