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This weekend, the box office battlefield is set with the release of four major films, each catering to diverse audiences. Paramount’s family-friendly “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie,” Lionsgate’s blood-soaked R-rated “Saw X,” 20th Century’s epic sci-fi tale “The Creator,” and Sony’s financial drama “Dumb Money” all vie for the top spot.
Leading the pack is “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie,” based on the beloved kids’ TV series. The film is anticipated to fetch an opening weekend haul of $18 million to $20 million. However, hot on its heels is “Saw X,” projected to earn between $15 million to $18 million, with some estimates even suggesting it could surpass “PAW Patrol” with $20 million to $25 million.
“Saw X” has already made a substantial mark at the box office, raking in $2 million in Thursday previews. Meanwhile, “The Creator” managed to secure $1.6 million in its initial showings.
“Paw Patrol” follows the adventures of a team of search and rescue dogs as they save Adventure City. The star-studded voice cast includes McKenna Grace, Taraji P. Henson, Marsai Martin, Kim Kardashian, Chris Rock, and James Marsden. The first movie, released in 2021 during the pandemic, opened with $13 million. With a $30 million budget, the sequel aims to outperform its predecessor.
“Saw X” looks set to be a significant improvement over previous entries in the franchise. Tobin Bell reprises his role as the iconic serial killer Jigsaw in this 10th installment, which takes place chronologically between the original “Saw” and “Saw II.” With a budget of $13 million, “Saw X” is expected to surpass the $8.7 million opening of 2021’s “Spiral” and possibly even the $16.6 million debut of 2017’s “Jigsaw.”
“The Creator,” a sci-fi drama directed by Gareth Edwards and starring John David Washington, is expected to earn between $16 million to $19 million, securing the third-place spot for the weekend. Meanwhile, “Dumb Money,” a Wall Street-Reddit battle drama featuring Seth Rogen, Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, and America Ferrera, is poised to make $5 million to $8 million in its wide release.
The box office competition promises an exciting weekend for moviegoers, with options ranging from family-friendly adventures to gritty horror and thought-provoking sci-fi dramas.