Following the success of Barbenheimer, audiences will now reveal whether they are excited to see what this weekend’s ‘Saw Patrol’ is billing as Paramount’s kid-friendly movie. Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie goes against Lionsgate’s horror movie Saw X.
Both films did respectable business on Friday. Sax won the day with an estimated $8 million – including $2 million in grosses on Thursday night – though Paw patrol will take the lead sometime on Saturday for a weekend opening in the $22.5 million range ahead of 2021’s Paw Patrol: The Moviewhich came out during the tough days of the pandemic and debuted to $13.1 million.
While the Internet donated Saw And Paw patrol Memorably named Saw Patrol (which describes the unlikely idea of a double feature) is the biggest swing of the weekend The creatorthe $80 million science fiction film of Villain One director Gareth Edwards. The film grossed $5.6 million on Friday, including $1.6 million in previews, for an estimated debut of $14 million to $14.5 million, behind expectations. However, the film hopes to become a bigger player abroad.
New Regency and Entertainment One produced the film, which is distributed by 20th Century Studios. It’s one of the rare sci-fi studio films based on an original concept, rather than a well-known IP, and stars John David Washington as a man caught in the middle of a war between humanity and AI. The creator achieved a B+ CinemaScore.
Sawthe nearly twenty-year-old franchise, is receiving a surprising jolt of critical appreciation Saw X, which earned the series’ best reviews. Audiences gave the film a B CinemaScore, which is considered a relatively good grade for a slasher picture.
The Saw franchise has grossed more than $1 billion and started with the 2004 feature film from director James Wan and writer-star Leigh Whannell. It is powered by the machinations of John Kramer, a serial killer known as Jigsaw, who presents his victims with terrible choices that will determine whether they live or die. Jigsaw, played by Tobin Bell, met his end Saw 3 (2006), although he remained involved with the franchise through flashbacks and other methods.
This time Jigsaw is back in the flesh, like Saw X takes place between the events of the second and third episodes and picks up with John Kramer traveling to Mexico to receive an experimental cancer treatment. Once there, he discovers that the operation is a scam that preys on vulnerable people, so he sets his sights on these medical scammers. The previous part, the Chris Rock starrer Spiral, opened to $8.7 million, on its way to $40 million worldwide. 2017 Puzzle bowed to $16.6 million and grossed $102.9 million worldwide. Saw veteran Kevin Greutert directed the latest installment based on a script by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg. The film had a budget of approximately $13 million.
Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie follows the success of the sleeper hit of Paw Patrol: The Movie two years ago, cementing the position of Paramount chief Brian Robbins. The film grossed $140 million worldwide, a remarkable figure during the pandemic when it debuted day and night on Paramount+. A third film is already on the way, expected for 2026. Taraji P. Henson, Kristen Bell, Christian Convery, Brice Gonzalez, Mckenna Grace and Lil Rel Howery voice the film that focuses on the heroic pups. Paramount is distributing the film, which also comes from Spin Master and Nickelodeon. Cal Brunker directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Bob Barlen, via a story the duo developed with Shane Morris.
The creator is Edwards’ first feature film since then Villain Onethe $1 billion Star Wars hit, and was of particular importance given the lack of original science fiction films in theaters over the past decade. In addition to Washington, stars include Gemma Chan, Allison Janney and Ken Watanabe, as well as newcomer Madeleine Yuna Voyles as Alphie, an artificial child who comes under the care of Washington’s character.
The other movie to watch this weekend is Sony’s GameStop movie Stupid money, which slowly expanded before playing everywhere this weekend. Craig Gillespie’s well-reviewed film is poised for a $3.5 million to $4 million weekend and was likely hit by heavy rain in New York City on Friday, where a slew of theaters were forced to close early (they reopened today) .
The gross values will be updated on Sunday morning.
An original version of this story was published at 8:22 a.m. on September 29.