As of the time of this writing, the Saw re-release has ranked in as the third worst wide opening at the box office. This is according to Box Office Mojo's records, which reach as far back as 1982. To put this into perspective, a "very wide" release is one that opens in more than 2,000 theaters. So out of the worst 200 films to have opened in the past 32 years, with as wide of an audience as can be expected for a major motion picture, Saw's tenth anniversary re-release opened worse than such films as The Real Cancun, Bandslam, and The Adventures Of Pluto Nash.

Who would have thought that a franchise that used to be the toast of the October film market would bring in such a telling sign about the state of its ultimate legacy ten years on. With the Saw franchise producers eager to bring new life to their monster in the next couple of years, this weekend's showing should be the nail in the coffin of Jigsaw and his apprentices. That judgment doesn't come lightly, but it does ride on the back of three very important factors those very same producers should keep in mind if they're serious about resurrecting Jigsaw.

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The Tastes Of Horror Crowds Change Fast
The Saw franchise ran for seven years straight, with only one real "bomb" among them. In its wake, the horror landscape managed to jump onto the bandwagon of a new genre. Thanks to Saw, the torture porn subgenre of horror was born and flourished, producing such copycats as Hostel, the remake of Funny Games, and even bombs like Captivity. If you weren't a fan of these types of movies, there was plenty of reason for you to fear their popularity. That all changed in September of 2009, when audiences discovered something much creepier: ghosts in plain sight.

With the smash hit success of Paranormal Activity, the industry ushered in a resurgence of the found footage subgenre. With an impressive marketing campaign and killer word of mouth, horror fans shifted their attention to the new and shiny toy on the block. This was probably the reason why a month later, Saw VI took its biggest hit at the box office. What scares us can change at a faster rate, if we're exposed to it at a quick enough interval – something that even Paranormal Activity learned the hard way. With seven years of increasing amounts of blood and complexity, Saw's audience outgrew it quicker than the horror franchises of the 80's.

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