NEW YORK (AP) — George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” notched one of the vital dismal wide-release debuts in recent times on a sluggish pre-Halloween weekend the place the horror sequel “Jigsaw” topped all releases regardless of an underperforming debut.
The eighth “Noticed” movie landed at No. 1 with $16.three million in North American ticket gross sales, in line with studio estimates Sunday. That got here in beneath business expectations and recommended the revived “Noticed” franchise is not connecting with audiences the best way different current horror entries have.
In its first launch for the reason that Harvey Weinstein scandal started unfolding, the beleaguered Weinstein Co. feebly launched a horror sequel of its personal: “Amityville: The Awakening.” It performed in an uncommon Saturday-only engagement on simply 10 screens, and grossed a mere $742.
“Jigsaw” distributor Lionsgate additionally claimed the No. 2 spot with $10 million within the second week of launch for “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.”
Made for about $10 million, “Jigsaw” comes seven years after the notoriously ugly franchise — famously dubbed “torture porn” — bid adieu with “Noticed 3D: The Last Chapter.”
Critics weren’t completely happy to see its return, giving “Jigsaw” a 39 % Rotten Tomatoes rating. The Hollywood Reporter stated the movie “now appears like an outlier in a horror market dominated by movies that sometimes favor spooks over spurts.” Opening-weekend moviegoers additionally weren’t overwhelmed, giving the movie a modest B CinemaScore.
However that ranking nonetheless simply surpassed the D-minus grade that greeted Clooney’s newest directorial effort. Regardless of debuting on greater than 2,000 screens, “Suburbicon” managed simply $2.eight million, making it considered one of Paramount Photos’ worst performing wide-releases ever and marking a brand new box-office low for Clooney as a director and star Matt Damon.
“Clearly we’re dissatisfied in these outcomes which we do not really feel are indicative of the standard and message of his unique film,” stated Kyle Davies, president of distribution for Paramount.
“Suburbicon,” which debuted on the Venice Movie Pageant, was crafted as a fusion between an previous Joel and Ethan Coen home-invasion comedy script and a extra pointed satire of racism in a 1959 suburb. Critics did not reply nicely to the combo, both; its Rotten Tomatoes rating is simply 26 % contemporary.
Paramount paid $10 million for home distribution rights for the Black Bear Photos manufacturing, made for about $25 million. The studio has just lately backed a number of divisive releases from revered filmmakers, together with Darren Aronofsky’s “mom!” which additionally sputtered on the field workplace and garnered an excellent worse F CinemaScore.
The Miles Teller PTSD drama “Thank You For Your Service,” directed by “American Sniper” author Jason Corridor, additionally opened weakly with $three.7 million in 2,054 theaters for DreamWorks and Common.
Enterprise total was gradual forward of Halloween. Weekend ticket gross sales totaled about $75 million, in line with comScore, making it the second-lowest grossing body of the 12 months within the U.S. and Canada.
However abroad, the place “Thor: Ragnarok” started its worldwide rollout, was a distinct story. The Disney launch grossed $107.6 million internationally from about 52 % of . The “Thor” sequel opens in North America, China and elsewhere on Friday.
But a launch in China could not rescue the box-office disappointment “Blade Runner 2049.” Denis Villeneuve’s movie, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, added $16.6 million abroad this weekend, together with its China debut. The movie, distributed by Warner Bros. in North America and Sony internationally, has earned $223.four million globally in three weeks of launch.
Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday by Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, in line with comScore. Last home figures will probably be launched Monday.
1. “Jigsaw,” $16.three million ($9.5 million).
2. “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” $10 million.
three. “Geostorm,” $5.7 million ($49.three million).
four. “Comfortable Loss of life Day,” $5.1 million ($four.7 million worldwide).
5. “Blade Runner 2049,” $four million ($16.6 million worldwide).
6. “Thank You for Your Service,” $three.7 million.
7. “Solely the Courageous,” $three.5 million.
eight. “The Foreigner,” $three.2 million ($1.2 million worldwide).
9. “Suburbicon,” $2.eight million.
10. “It,” $2.5 million ($6.three million worldwide).
Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday by Sunday at worldwide theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), in line with comScore:
1. “Thor: Ragnarok,” $107.6 million.
2. “Geostorm,” $49.three million.
three. “Suck Me Shakespeer three,” $18.three million.
four. “Blade Runner 2049,” $16.6 million.
5. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” $13.four million.
6. “Jigsaw,” $9.5 million.
7. “Coco,” $eight.four million.
eight. “By no means Say Die,” $6.9 million.
9. “It,” $6.three million.
10. “Marry Me, Dude,” $5.three million.
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