01/11/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin
There are a few buckets of blood still remaining in the SAW movie franchise this weekend as the fourth installment in the horror franchise raked in the dosh.
SAW IV, starring Tobin Bell as Jigsaw, is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II, SAW III) from a screenplay by Marcus Dunston and Patrick Melton.
SAW IV not only ruled the US box office as a Halloween institution but slashed its way in the English-speaking territories of Canada, the UK and Australia. SAW IV grossed an estimated $5.2 million from 395 screens in the UK to record the best opening in Lionsgate UK's history.
"The SAW franchise continues to rewrite the rule book for sustained performance and, thanks to the contributions of the filmmakers and the entire Lionsgate team, we expect it to remain a Halloween staple for years to come," said Tom Ortenberg, president of Lionsgate.
Upcoming releases include Rambo, starring and directed by Sylvester Stallone, the thriller THE EYE FROM CRUISE/WAGNER, starring Jessica Alba, and WITLESS PROTECTION, starring Larry The Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy.
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