'Jigsaw' closes out a lackluster October as George Clooney's 'Suburbicon' tanks

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Halloween may be tomorrow, but last weekend at the box office was the real horror show, with Geostorm, Only the Brave, The Snowman and Same Kind of Different as Me all underperforming. So did things bounce back this weekend? Well… a little. There just wasn’t much new out, and what did debut was a mixed bag. Jigsaw landed at the top of the box office with a $16.2 million debut, a bit behind expectations and the second worst opening for the Saw franchise. Still, given Jigsaw’s $10 million budget, a $16.2 million domestic bow (with an additional $9.5 overseas) isn’t terrible by any means.

The rest of the top five went to holdovers: Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (weekend gross $10 million, total gross $35.5 million), Geostorm (weekend gross $5.6 million, total gross $23.5 million), Happy Death Day (weekend gross $5 million, total gross $48.3 million) and Blade Runner 2049 (weekend gross $3.9 million, total gross $81.3 million). Geostorm also debuted in China, where it earned $34.1 million, bringing its global cume to $136.9 against an estimated $120 million budget.

New release Thank You for Your Service finished just outside the top five with $3.7 million on 2,054 screens. Reviews for the Miles Teller-starring war movie were positive, but there just plain wasn’t enough awareness. The opposite was the case for Suburbicon, which boasted an eye-catching cast (Matt Damon, Julianne Moore) and director (George Clooney) yet was hated by critics. And, it turns out, audiences didn’t like it too much either, as evidenced by its dismal D- CinemaScore. Suburbicon opened to $2.8 million on 2,046 theaters for a meager $1,369 per-theatre average.

Among specialty releases, the two big players in terms of theatre count were the faith-based Let There be Light ($1.8 million on 373 screens) and psychological thriller All I See Is You ($135,504 on 283 screens). The weekend’s per-theatre average champ was Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund’s The Square, which bowed to $76,000 on two theaters for a $38,000 PTA.

Also out in limited release were Novitiate ($22,577 on three screens), Bill Nye: Science Guy ($9,150 on one screen), Mansfield 66/67 ($6,602 on one screen), The Work ($3,718 on two screens) and Brimstone and Glory ($3,000 on one screen). The sad trombone of the weekend goes to long-delayed horror prequel Amityville: The Awakening, which opened in ten theatres for one showtime apiece. The final cume? $742, or $74 a screen.

All told, it was a dismal October - but you can expect November to start on a high note with next weekend's release of Thor: Ragnarok, which has already earned $107.6 million internationally.