It didn’t top High School though
Jigsaw’s legacy has staying power. Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ Saw V attracted an estimated $30 million in its opening weekend at the box office, narrowly missing the three day debut of Saw IV when it opened with $31 million in 2007.
Still, $30 million is an impressive number for a sequel affixed with the number five attached to it. In fact, as far as franchises are concerned, it’s the highest grossing “part 5” horror film to date. Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child bowed in ’89 with $8.1 million; Friday the 13th Part V grossed $8 million in its first three days in ’85; and Halloween 5 opened with $5 million, also in ’89.
One industry insider told us last night upon hearing of Saw V‘s performance, “I bet you this just greenlit three more sequels over at Twisted Pictures.”
As for the other box office winners this weekend, another sequel, High School Musical 3 took the number slot grossing $42 million. Max Payne slipped to number three with $7.6 million and, thankfully, Beverly Hills Chihuahua took a knock and fell to number four with $6.9 million.
Source: Box Office Mojo