The Saw franchise committed its annual serial killing at the box office over the weekend before Halloween as Saw IV collected $31.8 million, according to final figures released Monday. Overall, the box office showed little signs of life, recording a Take That was lower than last year's for the sixth straight weekend. The No. 2 film was the Steve Carell comedy Dan in Real Life, which debuted with $11.8 million. But a huge drop-off occurred after the top-two. Last weekend's vampire film, 30 Days of Night, had most of the blood drained from it as it saw ticket sales fall to $6.9 million, just ahead of the fifth week of Disney's The Game Plan which took in $6.1 million, to bring its total to $76.9 million the biggest total of the season. Rounding out the top five was Why Did I Get Married?, which brought in $5.4 million in its third week.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Saw IV, Lions Gate, $31,756,764, 1 Wks. (New); 2. Dan in Real Life, Disney, $11,809,445, 1 Wks. (New); 3. 30 Days of Night, Sony, $6,862,764, 2 Wks., ($27,480,907); 4. The Game Plan, Disney, $6,129,720, 5 Wks., ($76,939,167); 5. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, Lions Gate, $5,643,899, 3 Wks., ($47,204,260); 6. Michael Clayton, Warner Bros., $4,924,374, 4 Wks., ($28,668,168); 7. Gone Baby Gone, Miramax, $3,817,451, 2 Wks., ($11,226,975); 8. The Nightmare Before Christmas, Disney, $3,446,012, 2 Wks., ($10,100,435); 9. We Own the Night, Sony, $3,395,012, 3 Wks., ($25,065,018); 10. The Comebacks, Fox Atomic, $3,371,708, 2 Wks., ($9,925,268).