The Saw franchise has just reached an important milestone. Thanks to the success of Spiral: From the Book of Sawthe long-running horror series has crossed the $ 1 billion mark at the global box office. This puts the films in relatively rare air, as few horror franchises in history have ever managed to amass this kind of money. It also all ensures that the series will in some way, shape or form go beyond this most recent entry.
Spiral won its second weekend at the box office, with $ 4.5 million domestically and $ 2.67 million from overseas markets. All told, the film, starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, has made $ 22.5 million to date. That has brought the Saw franchise to a total of $ 1,000,799,533. The series consists of nine entries released in the past 17 years. David Spitz, the president of Lionsgate’s domestic theatrical distribution, had this to say.
“We congratulate our friends at Twisted Pictures and all the filmmakers and stars who have been part of the Saw legacy. Over the years, our partners have been innovative, creative and open to new ideas as they have nurtured a micro-film into a cultural film. phenomenon that generates more than a billion dollars. “
While franchise entries such as The Avengers, Star Wars and The Fast and the Furious Regularly making over $ 1 billion from a single movie in theaters, they cost hundreds of millions to make. What has made Saw so financially successful for Lionsgate is that these films are remarkably cheap to produce, compared to what they bring in at the box office. In Hollywood it’s all relative, and in that game of relativity these movies have performed on a grand scale.
Tobin Bell led many of the entries as John Kramer, aka Jigsaw. The man wanted to inspire bad people to live better lives, and he did so with bloody, torturous means. In general, the films show that people have to escape complicated traps, often at great expense.
The original Saw was released in 2004. Directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, who also starred, it became a huge hit. With a budget of just over $ 1 million, it made $ 103.8 million worldwide. That paved the way for a series of sequels, which began in 2005 with Saw II. The series topped out in 2006 with Saw III, which grossed $ 163.8 million. The entry with the lowest grossing was Saw VI, which made just $ 69.7 million. But every submission has been successful. The most expensive to make, 2010’s Saw 3D, was still produced for only $ 17 million and earned $ 133.7 million during its theatrical run.
Darren Lynn Bousman is largely responsible for the franchise’s blockbuster success, as he directed Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV and Spiral. Looking ahead, Saw 10 is said to be already in development, although plot details remain unclear for now. Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures are also working on a potential Saw TV series, although details on that front are also scarce at the moment. This news was previously reported by Variety.
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