Weekend Box Office: 'Suburbicon' DOA With $2.8M; 'Jigsaw' No. 1
'Suburbicon' — slapped with a D- CinemaScore — marks the worst opening of George Clooney's directing career and one of the worst wide openings in Paramount's history.
Lionsgate's Jigsaw spooked the competition at the pre-Halloween box office — including George Clooney's Suburbicon, a major bomb — with a $16.3 million debut from 2,941 theaters.
Still, not even Jigsaw could escape the October slump striking the multiplex, with revenue for the month down more than 13 percent over last year, according to comScore. Jigsaw, reviving the marquee Saw horror franchise, was expected to open to $20 million or more. However, Halloween preparations, the debut of Stranger Things 2 on Netflix and the World Series were all major distractions.
The biggest headline of the weekend was overseas, where Marvel and Disney Studios' Thor: Ragnarok debuted to an impressive $107.6 million from roughly 50 percent of the international marketplace a week ahead of its domestic debut.
In 2010, Saw 3D was billed as the final chapter in the Saw series, but Lionsgate decided to have another go.
Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, Jigsaw picks up a decade after the death of the eponymous killer when police are puzzled by a rash of murders matching his signature moves. Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Cle Bennett and Hannah Emily Anderson star in the R-rated movie, which earned a B CinemaScore. (The marketing campaign for Jigsaw included a national blood drive that collected over 125,000 pints.)
Lionsgate also took the No. 2 spot with Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, which grossed roughly $10 million in its sophomore outing.
Jigsaw did more than five times the business that Suburbicon did.
Suburbicon, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, opened to a dismal $2.8 million from 2,045 theaters after getting slapped with a D- CinemaScore. That's the worst nationwide launch of Clooney's directing career and the worst showing of Damon's career behind All the Pretty Horses, which debuted to $1.3 million from 1,483 cinemas in 2000. It is also one of the worst wide opening in Paramount's history.
Clooney's movie, which placed No. 9, received little love from critics when making high-profile stops at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. The crime comedy, from a script by Clooney, Grant Heslov and the Coen brothers, tells the story of a seemingly perfect white family whose suburban home is invaded in the summer of 1959. Meanwhile, their new African-American neighbors don't find life quite so nice in their neighborhood.
Paramount paid $10 million for U.S. rights to the $25 million indie project, which was financed by Black Bear Pictures, with Bloom handling the film internationally.
In a surprise upset, Suburbicon lost to Thank You for Your Service, from Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks and partner Universal. Still, the veteran drama opened to a forgettable $3.7 million from 2,054 locations, placing No. 6.
Thank You for Your Service, starring Miles Teller and directed by American Sniper scribe Jason Hall, is based on the 2013 book of the same name about combat PTSD by best-selling author and journalist David Finkel. Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith also star.
Universal and DreamWorks actively courted veterans, active-duty military and Veterans Support Organizations by hosting nearly 200 screenings of Thank You for Your Service across the country. Audiences bestowed the film with an A- CinemaScore.
Open Road’s All I See Is You, which debuted in 250 theaters, also stumbled, earning $135,504 for a location average of just $479. The film stars Blake Lively as a woman who was blinded as a child but later undergoes a successful corneal transplant to restore her sight. Marc Forster directed the psychological thriller, which also features Jason Clarke, Yvonne Strahovski and Danny Huston.
Among holdovers, Skydance and Warner Bros.' troubled Geostorm tumbled 59 percent in its second weekend to $5.7 million for a domestic total of $23.6 million. The big-budget film stands to lose as much as $100 million despite topping the $100 million mark overseas for a global cume of $137 million. The environmental disaster epic did enjoy a solid opening in China, grossing $34.1 million to trounce Blade Runner 2049.
Geostorm placed No. 3 domestically, followed by Blumhouse and Universal's horror pic Happy Death Day, which grossed $4.1 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic tally of $48.4 million. Globally, the pic has earned $68.6 million to date.
Alcon, Sony and Warner Bros.' Blade Runner 2049 rounded out the top five in North America with $4 million for a domestic total of $81.4 million. Like Geostorm, the big-budget movie is facing significant losses. The film had hoped to make up ground in Asia, but it bombed over the weekend in its China debut with $7.6 million and in Japan with $2.7 million.
Oct. 28, 7:40 a.m. Updated with Friday numbers and revised weekend estimates.
Oct. 29, 7:45 a.m. Updated with weekend estimates.