Audiences scream for ‘Saw IV’

Horror film nets $14.7 million Friday

Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ “Saw IV” buzzed through previous opening day records for the horror franchise on Friday, scaring up $14.7 million off 3,183 theaters. Besting “Saw III’s” opening day by 2%, “Saw IV” is also on track to beat the previous chapter’s 3-day weekend of $33.6 million, which is the series’ highest grossing opener.

“Saw III” went on to become the second highest chapter in the “Saw” series, grossing $80.2 million in domestic coin, and ranking behind “Saw II’s” $87 million.

Trailing behind “Saw IV” in second place on Friday was the weekend’s second frosh wide release, Disney’s Steve Carell romantic comedy “Dan in Real Life” which swooned $4.1 million off 1,921 engagements.

Last weekend’s horror entry, “30 Days of Night” placed third, drawing $2.2 million from 2,859 coffins, a 65% drop from its first Friday and a current domestic body count of $22.8 million.

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In fourth, Disney’s Dwayne Johnson headliner “The Game Plan” continued to gain yardage at the B.O., scoring $1.8 million off 3,342 for a current cume of $72.6 million.

Another Lionsgate title “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” rounded out fifth place, engaging $1.6 million from 1,897, off 54% from its second Friday, for a total cume to date of $43.2 million.

After widening from 201 theaters to 698, Fox Searchlight’s “The Darjeeling Limited” chalked up $565,000 in its fourth Friday, a 33% uptick from a week ago and a new cume of $4.9 million. The Sidney Kimmel Entertainment-MGM release “Lars and the Real Girl,”surged 411% with $280,000 after upping its theaters yesterday from 21 to 296. The cume for “Lars” currently stands at $684,000.

Among limited releases, Thinkfilm’s Sidney Lumet crime drama “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” charted Friday’s highest screen average with $9,625 off two Gotham theaters or $19,250.

Roadside Attraction’s Mexican romance drama “Bella” from first-time helmer Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, wooed a notable $419,000 off 165 playdates. “Bella” boasts a higher opening screen average of $2,540 than previous Latin releases this year such as “El Cantante” which generated $1,993 per theater from 540 playdates ($1.1 million), “Ladron que roba el ladron” which grossed $1,393 per theater from 340 ($474,000) and “Feel the Noise” which mined $1,110 per engagement from 1,015 ($1.1 million).

Less impressive among Friday’s limited fare were MGM’s “Music Within” which opened to $23,000 in 17 theaters, Warner Bros. “Rails & Ties” with $3,000 off five theaters and Strand Releasing’s “Slipstream” which grossed $2,000 off six theaters.

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