‘Suburbicon’ — starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore — may have trouble cracking $3 milion after getting slapped with a D- CinemaScore.
Lionsgate’s Jigsaw is slaying the competition at the pre-Halloween box office — including George Clooney’s Suburbicon, which is DOA.
Reviving the Saw franchise, Jigsaw grossed $7.1 million on Friday from 2,941 theaters for a weekend debut in the $16 million range, somewhat behind expectations and reflecting a sluggish weekend across the board.
In 2010, Saw 3D was billed as the final chapter in the Saw series, but Lionsgate decided to have another go.
Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, Jigsaw picks up a decade after the death of the eponymous murderer when police are puzzled by a rash of murders matching Jigsaw’s signature moves. Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Cle Bennett and Hannah Emily Anderson star in the R-rated movie, which earned a B CinemaScore. (The marketing campaign for Jigsaw included a national blood drive that collected over 125,000 pints.)
Lionsgate is a double winner with both Jigsaw and holdover from Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, which will take second place with an estimated $10 million in its sophomore outing.
Among the other new films, Suburbicon grossed a dismal $1 million on Friday from 2,045 theaters after getting slapped with a D- CinemaScore for a projected $3 million weekend, the worst nationwide launch of Clooney’s directing career and the worst showing in decades for Matt Damon, who stars opposite Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac. Suburbicon is looking at a ninth-place finish.
Clooney’s movie received little love from critics when making high-profile stops at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. Suburbicon, from a script by Clooney, Grant Heslov and the Coen brothers, tells the story of a seemingly perfect white family whose suburban home is invaded in the summer of 1959. Meanwhile, their new African-American neighbors don’t find life quite so nice in their neighborhood.
Paramount paid $10 million for U.S. rights to the $25 million indie project, which was financed by Black Bear Pictures, with Bloom handling the film internationally.
In a surprise upset, Suburbicon is losing to Thank You for Your Service, a veteran drama from Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks and partner Universal. The movie earned $1.5 million on Friday from 2,054 theaters for a projected $4.1 million weekend.
The film, starring Miles Teller and directed by American Sniper scribe Jason Hall, is based on the 2013 book of the same name about combat PTSD by best-selling author and journalist David Finkel. Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith also star.
Universal and DreamWorks actively courted veterans, active-duty military and Veterans Support Organizations by hosting nearly 200 screenings of Thank You for Your Service across the country. Audiences bestowed the film with an A- CinemaScore.
Oct. 28, 7:40 a.m. Updated with Friday numbers and revised weekend estimates.