Saw Ii Slices Up The Competition At Us Box Office
Horror flick SAW III slashed the competition at the US box office and debuted in the number one slot taking in $34.3 million (GBP19 million) over the Hallowe'en weekend (27-29OCT06) for the third straight year. The three-day total compares to an opening of $31.7 million (GBP17.6 million) for SAW II last year (05) and $18.3 million (GBP10.2 million) for SAW in 2004. The film easily took over the top spot at the box office, bumping last week's winner, THE PRESTIGE, into third place with $9.6 million (GBP5.3 million). MARTIN SCORSESE's mob tale THE DEPARTED held steady, taking in $9.8 million (GBP5.4 million) to place second for the third-straight weekend, raising the film's total take to $91.1 million (GBP51 million). CLINT EASTWOOD's World War II epic, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, took fourth place with $6.35 million (GBP3.5 million). CATCH A FIRE, the South African drama about a black family man driven to rebel against the apartheid system in the 1980s, premiered weakly with $2 million (GBP1.1 million). BABEL, starring BRAD PITT and CATE BLANCHETT, had a huge opening in limited release, grossing $365,801 (GBP203,000) in only seven theatres. The film traces the consequences of a tragedy in the Moroccan desert back to families in Africa, Mexico and Japan. The DIXIE CHICKS documentary SHUT UP + SING debuted solidly in limited release, taking in $50,798 (GBP28,000) in four theaters.