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It has been well over a decade since John Kramer unleashed his first terrifying trap in James Wan's Saw, and the torture-focused franchise has developed a clear iconography in the world of horror. With the release of Jigsaw this weekend, it appears that has not slowed down at all. In fact, Jigsaw is already drawing box office blood, and we've learned that the horror sequel pulled in an impressive $1.6 million on its opening night.
This report comes to us courtesy of Variety, as it seems that Jigsaw has already made $1.6 million at the box office opening on over 2,4000 screens across North America. Over the course of this weekend, the film is expected to rake in anywhere between $18 million and $22 million. It is not necessarily Thor: Ragnarok money, but against a lean $10 million budget, that's nothing to scoff at.
If Jigsaw manages to hold strong and pull off these respectable numbers in its opening weekend, then it may also reaffirm the fact that horror is having a serious moment in 2017. Jigsaw debuts on the heels the unexpectedly successful Happy Death Day, and this year has already seen a wave of horror blockbusters in the form of Get Out, Annabelle: Creation and (perhaps most notably) the record-breaking release of IT. People are clearly into all things spooky this year, so Jigsaw fits in nicely. Now, all we need is a crossover that pairs Jigsaw up with Pennywise the Dancing Clown and we will be all set.
It is also worth mentioning that Jigsaw seems to have fared better with critics than other installments in the franchise now that it has screened. Although it is not being hailed as a masterpiece, many reviews have assessed it as a superior entry in the series that will get longtime fans excited about a potential reinvigoration. For a more in-depth look at what CinemaBlend has to say about the film, you can also check out a review written by our very own Mike Reyes.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related Jigsaw's box office run as new details related to the project are made available to us. The film is now in theaters, so make sure to check it out to see all of the blood, gore and terror for yourself. If you're looking for more information about anything and everything still to come in the world of film over the course of the next year, then make sure to check out our 2017 movie premiere guide and our 2018 movie premiere guide.