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‘The Creator’ Leads Previews with $2M, ‘Saw X’ $1.7M – Deadline

Hopefully three wide releases can wake up what’s been a relatively sleep time at the box office, ratcheted down by the SAG-AFTRA strike. With New Regency/20th Century Studios/Disney’s original Gareth Edwards sci-fi movie The Creator, Paramount and Spin Master’s PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, and Lionsgate’s Saw X, the top three movies look to make around $45M. All three of them are vying for No. 1 with a high teens take, however, it’s likely a two-way race between PAW Patrol 2 and The Creator since both pics have had the loudest marketing campaigns, and Lionsgate usually executes their smaller budgeted movies on the cheap.

Wait, there’s four wide releases this weekend–Sony’s Dumb Money is expanding but is only expected to do in the single digits.

The Creator and Saw X held previews last night while PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie skipped since they’re a matinee draw on the weekend while school is in session. Coming off Wednesday night premium screenings and Thursday night shows that began at 6PM, The Creator earned $1.6M, while Saw X saw $2M also from showtimes that began at 6PM. Saw X saw a big turnout among Latino and Hispanic moviegoers at 41%.

That’s a slow start for The Creator considering that figure includes Wednesday shows for the $80M production completely financed by New Regency. The sci-fi pic has all the blasters of premium ticket sales in Imax, ScreenX, 4D, etc with an overall theater count of 3,680.

Saw X‘s preview figure is ahead of that of the previous two Saw titles, Spiral which did $750K and Jigsaw which made $1.6M. Jigsaw‘s Thursday repped 23% of its Friday which turned into a $16.6M opening and a $38M final domestic.

What remains is to be seen how both older guy movies were frontloaded with fans last night. The plus for PAW Patrol 2 is that it’s the first family animated movie since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem in early August, but it’s sequel that appeals to kids in diapers and pre-school. In Comscore/Screen Engine PostTrak exits, Saw X gets a 78% grade, Creator is 78% and Dumb Money is 87%. Creator leaned more guy last night over Saw X, 72% to 61%.

Tracking had Saw X way ahead at $20M since it’s the first Saw movie with Saw in the title since 2010’s Saw 3D, the previous movie, 2021’s Spiral bottoming out to a franchise low opening of $8.75M and a $23.2M domestic take. Lionsgate lifted the review embargo late in the game on Saw X and it turned out that the sequel at 85% fresh on Rottentomatoes is the best critical rating for the franchise ever. The $13M production plays at 3,262 theaters, the widest ever for a Saw movie. Through nine movies to date, the Saw franchise has grossed over a $1 billion at the global box office, and is one of the longest running horror franchises in cinema history.

Creator‘s previews are being comped to The Woman King ($1.7M, $19.1M opening), Gemini Man ($1.6M, $20.6M opening), Arrival ($1.5M, $24.1M opening) and Ad Astra ($1.5M, $19M opening). Critics aren’t entirely over the moon about Creator at 68% fresh next to the Brad Pitt led 83% certified fresh Ad Astra, and Amy Adams-Jeremy Renner led Arrival which was 94% certified fresh on RT.

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