The George Clooney-directed ‘Suburbicon’ and Miles Teller’s veteran drama ‘Thank You for Your Service’ also open this weekend.
Lionsgate’s Jigsaw earned $1.6 million in Thursday-night previews at over 2,400 locations.
The film sees the Saw horror franchise get a fresh makeover with a new storyline and new characters. Michael and Peter Spierig direct the eighth installment, which picks up a decade after the death of the eponymous murderer as police investigate a rash of slayings matching Jigsaw’s signature fatal puzzles. Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Cle Bennett and Emily Anderson star in the R-rated movie. It opens in 2,941 theaters (including Imax locations) this weekend and is expected to debut at $20 million or more.
DreamWorks and Universal’s Thank You for Your Service grossed $280,000 in Thursday screenings in 1,760 theaters. Miles Teller leads the ensemble cast as an Iraq War veteran who struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder while trying to integrate back into family and civilian life. American Sniper scribe Jason Hall makes his directorial debut with the adaptation of David Finkel’s 2013 book. Amy Schumer and Haley Bennett are also featured in the movie, which is tracking to open in the $3 million-$4 million range from 2,054 theaters.
Paramount’s Suburbicon earned $180,000 in Thursday screenings at 1,614 locations. George Clooney directs the crime-comedy starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac. Written by Clooney, Grant Heslov and the Coen brothers, the racially tinged film tells the story of a seemingly perfect white family whose suburban home is invaded in the summer of 1959. Their not-so-nice side is exposed when their new African-American neighbors are blamed for the crime. It is based on a true story of a couple in Levittown, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s. Despite high-profile stops at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, the movie is tracking to open in the $5 million-$7 million range from 2,045 theaters.
Open Road’s All I See Is You, debuting in 250 theaters, stars Blake Lively as a woman who was blinded as a child but later undergoes a successful corneal transplant to restore her sight. However, she then discovers that clarity of vision exposes the cracks in her marriage to her husband, played by Jason Clarke. Marc Forster directs the psychological thriller, which also features Yvonne Strahovski and Danny Huston.