‘Saw’ Spinoff ‘Spiral’ Soars in Weekend Box Office Derby

Lionsgate’s horror thriller Spiral, a new chapter in its successful “Saw” franchise, cut its way to the top of the domestic weekend box office with a projected $8.7 million in revenue across 2,811 screens from May 14 to 16. The movie, starring Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella as law enforcement officials on the trail of a grisly killer, added an additional $3.3 million internationally.

The weekend gross underscored ongoing sluggishness among domestic movie theaters operating at 65% seating capacity to an unsure consumer during a pandemic. Spiral’s opening weekend paled in comparison to the previous “Saw” movie, 2017’s Jigsaw, which grossed $16.6 million in its opening weekend. The amount was still good enough to drive the franchise near the $1 billion threshold in total box office.

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Jason Statham’s Wrath of Man dropped to No. 2, generating $3.7 million in ticket sales; $14.6 overall. When factoring in another $7.1 million in the film’s Chinese debut; $13.5 million internationally, the Guy Ritchie-directed vigilante actioner has generated $56 million in revenue.

Angelina Jolie’s actioner, Those Who Wish Me Dead, debuted No. 3 with $2.8 million across 3,188 screens. The paltry opening was driven by limited marketing and mixed reviews, suggestingmore viewers might be willing to stream the title concurrently on HBO Max.

Other movies playing in the U.S., included former Funimation chart topper Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, with $1.85 million in ticket sales, $42 million total domestically. Rounding out the Top 5 was Disney’s venerable Raya and the Last Dragon, which generated another $1.72 million, $46.1 million since its theatrical debut.

Lionsgate Bringing Back ‘Saw’ Horror Franchise, Thanks to Chris Rock

Saw the comedy?

Lionsgate is going back to the vault with a reboot of its successful Saw horror franchise. In a twist, the newest theatrical edition — slated for release in 2020 — was conceived by stand-up comic Chris Rock, who will executive produce.

“When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in,” Joe Drake, chairman of the motion picture group, said in a statement.

Chris Rock

“I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film,” Rock said. “I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”

Indeed, Saw is one of Lionsgate’s biggest movie franchises, with the eight films generating more than $1 billion in combined ticket sales since the original 2004 release from co-creator/director James Wan, who, along with co-creator Leigh Whannell, will also executive produce.

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While Lionsgate isn’t divulging Rock’s storyline for the Oct. 20, 2020, release, previous editions focused around Jigsaw, a demented torturer subjecting morally-compromised victims to ingenious fates.

Saw has been a retail hit as well, selling more than 30 million DVD/Blu-ray Disc units. In 2010, Guinness World Records proclaimed the franchise as the “most successful horror movie series”.

“This upcoming film will still be as mind-bending and intense as all the previous Saw films,” Drake said. “Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise.”