Since the opening of IT, there have been several box office letdowns. Since early September, the only movie with a box office opening that defied expectations was Happy Death Day, while most of the other significant films have been disappointments including Blade Runner 2049, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Flatliners, Geostorm, and mother! Overall, it has been a weak box office stretch since July and the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This weekend, the Saw franchise returned for the first time in nearly a decade with Jigsaw and the movie earned a disappointing $16 million, down $6 million from Saw 3D. But it is important to point out that most people are spending time outside of the movie theater going to Halloween events. But, this is a disappointing opening for an established franchise wishing to reboot itself. The reviews for the movie didn’t help either. In fact, Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 42% rating, while audiences enjoyed the film with a B Cinemascore. That said, from a business standpoint Jigsaw will end up being a profitable movie with the average Saw movie costing around $10 million to make, so even after the promotion of the film, Jigsaw should turn a profit after the movie debuts overseas.
Meanwhile, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween took second place with $9.3 million in its second weekend. It is important to point out that the Tyler Perry production has made $35 million after ten days. Geostorm took third place, falling 60% and taking home $5.4 million, which is terrible news for a movie that cost $120 million to make. In fourth place, Happy Death Day, earned $4.7 million as the film approaches $50 million.
Sadly, the Atlanta-filmed movie Thank You For Your Service landed in sixth place with only $4 million. The film, which focuses on combat PTSD, ends up being a movie that viewers did not want to see. Even with good reviews, 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, people were not that interested in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
This weekend’s biggest box office disappointment is George Clooney’s Suburbicon. The movie was directed by the Ocean Eleven star, based on a Coen Brother script, and starred Matt Damon and Julianne Moore. Sadly, it bombed at the box office, earning $3 million in its opening weekend. Reviews did not help. Critics only gave it a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes with audiences rating the movie a D- Cinemascore. Suburbicon will ultimately become George Clooney’s worst movie.
Next weekend Thor: Ragnarok and A Bad Moms Christmas hit theaters.