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.

Lionsgate Launching ‘Saw’ Movie-Themed Immersive Games

Lionsgate Oct. 18 announced it has expanded its partnership with Autograph, the web3 brand co-founded by Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady, for a new collaboration with Internet Game to launch three “Saw” movie-themed immersive games based on encrypted blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Since the first Saw movie release in 2003, the macabre survivalist horror franchise has grossed more than $1 billion at the global box office. Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures will release the next “Saw” movie theatrically on Oct. 27, 2023.

To play, users must purchase a Saw Games Pass on any of the following three marketplaces: GameStop NFT, Magic Eden, and Internet Game. Passes can be purchased during the public sale on Oct. 24, at 12 p.m. ET. An early window sale will begin on Oct. 21, on GameStop NFT, where a limited number of passes will be available for purchase.

The passes will grant users access to three “Saw”-themed mini-games: Acid Bath, Blood Bucket and Incinerator on the Internet Game platform. The games will take place over three separate days: Halloween (Oct. 31), Nov. 2 and Nov. 4. The metadata of the Games Passes will update for each game to reflect each player’s performance.

Players who “survive” all three games have the opportunity to win prizes, including a combination of “Saw” NFTs and blue chip NFTs. Prizes include an on-set tour of the next “Saw” film, a Mutant Ape NFT, a winner having their name appear in the next Saw film, a trip to the new Saw: The Experience in London, and a Doodles NFT, among other prizes.

“Working with Autograph over the last year has allowed us to give fans the chance to interact with the Saw franchise like never before,” Jenefer Brown, EVP and head of global products and experiences at Lionsgate, said in a statement. “In bringing Internet Game on board as a partner, we’re able to deepen engagement through gamified NFTs that allow fans to become a part of the Saw franchise in a new experience-driven way.”

Twisted Pictures’ co-founders Mark Burg and Oren Koules said expanding the Saw movie franchise to new consumers through interactive gaming is an exciting proposition.

“Our partnership with Lionsgate and Autograph is perfectly timed to engage Saw’s global fan base in exciting new ways, while introducing the franchise to a whole new audience,” they said.

Dillon Rosenblatt, CEO and co-founder of Autograph, said the expanded partnership gives the movie franchise’s fans access to gamified digital collectibles and in-person experiences.

“This collaboration, the mini-games, and the unique prizes will enrich horror fans’ experiences and bring multiple communities closer to their favorite film franchise in a new and exciting way,” Rosenblatt said.

‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ Cuts Out for Digital July 13, Disc July 20

The latest “Saw” franchise entrant, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, will arrive on digital July 13 and on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand July 20 from Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures.

Spiral: From the Book of Saw is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw IIRepo! The Genetic Opera) and written by Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw, “Avatar: The Last Airbender”) and Peter Goldfinger (JigsawPiranha 3D). It stars Chris Rock (“Fargo,” Top Five), Max Minghella (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” The Ides of March), Marisol Nichols (“Riverdale,” “Teen Wolf”) and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp FictionSnakes on a Plane).

In the latest installment in the horror franchise, a criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice. Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran (Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Rock) and his rookie partner (Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.

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Spiral is produced by the original Saw team of Mark Burg and Oren Koules.

Special features include:

  • Audio commentary with Bousman, Stolberg and composer Charlie Clouser;
  • Audio commentary with Koules and Burg;
  • “The Consequences of Your Actions: Creating Spiral“;
  • “Drawing Inspiration: Illustrated Trap Breakdowns”;
  • “Decoding the Marketing Spiral”;
  • The theatrical teaser trailer; and
  • The theatrical trailer.