Paramount’s ‘Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Tops First October Box Office Weekend With $23 Million Debut

Paramount Pictures/Spin Master’s’ latest animated “Paw Patrol” release, Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie, topped the North American box office with $23 million in ticket sales for the weekend. The tally was well ahead of the 2021’s Paw Patrol: The Movie, which opened to $13.1 million. The Mighty Movie’s international opening weekend estimate was around $23.1 million across 45 markets, to up the movie’s global opening to around $46.1 million.

Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ new release Saw X, is currently on track to generate $18 million to $20 million in ticket sales, more than double the opening of the franchise’s most-recent release Spiral: From The Book of Saw, which opened to $8.75 million in May 2021. Before that, Jigsaw opened to $16.6 million in October 2017. Saw X is expected to deliver the highest opening weekend for the franchise since 2010.

Saw X grossed an estimated $11.3 million from 50 territories for an estimated worldwide gross to date of $29.3 million. The franchise has grossed more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office and is one of the longest-running horror movies in history. The franchise returns to its roots, focusing on the iconic, twisted killer John Kramer, played by Tobin Bell. In Saw X, the film explores the untold chapter of Jigsaw’s most personal game. Set between the events of the first two “Saw” movies, a sick and desperate Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer — only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, Kramer returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through a series of ingenious and terrifying traps.

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Disney’s 20th Century Studios’ The Creator opened to $14 million for the weekend, while Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Nun II added $4.6 million to up its North American tally near $77 million after four weekends.

Meanwhile, Columbia Pictures and Black Bear Pictures’ comedy drama Dumb Money entered its wide release and final phase this weekend of its three-step platform rollout. The film was projected make $3.5 million in revenue for the weekend, bringing its total gross through two weekends to $7.3 million.

Columbia Pictures’ The Equalizer 3 was projected to add $2.7 million for the weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $86 million through Sunday.

‘Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Set to Top Sequel-Heavy Weekend Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ animated sequel Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie is expected to inject some theatrical life heading into the October box office period with $21.7 million in projected North American ticket sales through Oct. 1, according to new data from Box Office Pro.

That would be well-ahead of the last (2021) release in the children franchise, Paw Patrol: The Movie, which generated $13.1 million in its weekend debut, enroute to a $144.3 million global box office.

The tally should be enough to top two other theatrical newcomers, 20th Century Studios’ The Creator (projected $19.8 million) and Lionsgate’s return to its successful horror genre franchise with Saw X ($13.5 million). The movie features the return of original nemesis Jigsaw (played by 81-year-old Tobin Bell) and Shawnee Smith, in addition to a new cast of victims.

Sony Pictures’ expanded release of the comedy Dumb Money should be enough to hold off Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Nun II (projected $4.8 million), Lionsgate’s Expend4bles, A Haunting in Venice ($3.5 million), Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 3 ($3 million), Barbie ($2.1 million), and Universal Pictures’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 ($1.8 million).

Taraji P. Henson, Kristen Bell, James Marsden, Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian Headline Voice Talent for ‘PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Sequel Hitting Theaters Oct. 13

Following the global success of Paw Patrol: The Movie, Paramount Pictures Jan. 25 revealed the voice lineup for the upcoming sequel Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie, which is set for theatrical release on Oct. 13 — 10 years after the debut of Nickelodeon’s “Paw Patrol” TV Series.

Joining Golden Globe winning Taraji P. Henson (“Empire,” Muppets Haunted Mansion) for the CGI animated sequel, are Golden Globe nominated Kristen Bell (FrozenZootopia), James Marsden (DisenchantedSonic The Hedgehog), tennis ace Serena Williams, Christian Convery (“Sweet Tooth“), Mckenna Grace (Gifted, “The Handmaid’s Tale”), Lil Rel Howery (Get OutFree Guy), and Finn Lee-Epp (Let Him Go) as Ryder.

A trio of new pups join the sequel, voiced by Critics Choice Award winner Alan Kim (Minari), TikTok star Brice Gonzalez of EnkyBoys and North West, who joins her mom, social media star Kim Kardashian, returning as Delores from the first movie, along with a cameo by her brother, Saint West.

Additional cast members reprising their roles include Marsai Martin (Liberty), Ron Pardo (Mayor Humdinger) and Callum Shoniker (Rocky).

The film’s score is composed and produced by Emmy-nominated Pinar Toprak (Captain MarvelThe Lost City).

“Following the historic success of the first film, which truly reinforced the global love for this franchise, we knew that this sequel called not only for an equally great story, but for world-class talent to bring these characters to life once again,” Ramsey Naito, president of Nickelodeon Animation and Paramount Animation, said in a statement.

In 2021, the preschool-themed franchise’s first feature film premiered in theaters, opening No. 1 in more than 25 countries and generating more than $150 million worldwide at the box office. With a simultaneous day and date release on Paramount+ in the U.S., the movie became one of the most watched Paramount+ originals. Since the streaming service’s launch, Paw Patrol: The Movie has been watched five times on average per subscriber household, making it the most consumed movie on the service, according to Paramount.

The follow-up feature veteran animation director Cal Brunker (Paw Patrol: The MovieNut Job 2: Nutty By Nature) return, reuniting with his writing partner Bob Barlen (Paw Patrol: The Movie, Bigfoot Family), who takes on the role of associate producer. Jennifer Dodge, Spin Master Entertainment’s president, with Laura Clunie, Spin Master’s SVP of development for current series and feature film, and Toni Stevens, Spin Master’s SVP of entertainment production and operations, produce the film. Ronnen Harary, Spin Master’s co-founder, Adam Beder, Spin Master’s EVP, and Peter Schlessel executive produce.

Additional new cast members include Luxton Handspiker (Slumberland, “Paw Patrol” TV Series), Christian Corrao (“Dino Dana”) and Nylan Parthipan (“Paw Patrol” TV Series).

The film is being distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures.