‘Saw X’ secures $2 million in previews while ‘Paw Patrol’ prepares for big box office opening

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Credits: Lionsgate Films, Nickelodean

‘Saw Patrol’ is going viral on X, formerly Twitter, signifying the anticipation of the horror movie ‘Saw X’ and kid-friendly ‘Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie’, both slated to release this weekend.

While the latter is expected to top the box office numbers, ‘Saw X’ has also shown potential by earning $2 million on Thursday night earnings. Among the other films competing for attention during this crowded weekend are Gareth Edwards’s “The Creator” and Craig Gillespie’s “Dumb Money.”

‘The Creator’ expected to cross $35 million globally

Accumulating a surprising $1.6 million in previews, director Gareth Edwards’s ‘The Creator,’ featuring John David Washington and Gemma Chan in the lead, is estimated to earn $16 million to $19 million in its debut. This captivating sci-fi drama is anticipated to rack up $18 million domestically and a global weekend total ranging between $35 million to $40 million. 

‘Saw X’ receives the best reviews to date

The nearly two decade old ‘Saw’ franchise has received the best reviews to date, thanks to a surprising boast in critical acclaim. The franchise, created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, consists of 10 feature films and has grossed over $1 billion since its first release in 2004.

The ‘Saw’ franchise centers around John Kramer, also known as Jigsaw, a serial killer who forces victims into life-or-death choices. The iconic character was originally played by Tobin Bell, who died in Saw 3 (2006). However, he continues to influence the series through flashbacks and other methods. ‘Saw X’ brings the serial killer back in his form as he seeks an experimental cancer treatment in Mexico. Discovering a scam, he turns his attention to those behind it.

‘Paw Patrol’ eyes a big debut

Inspired by the Nickelodeon kids TV show of the same name, ‘Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie,’ focuses on the Mighty Pups embarking on a mission to save the Adventure City and fight supervillains. The film is expected to have a strong opening weekend, following the success of ‘Paw Patrol: The Movie’, which grossed $140 million amid the pandemic. 

Variety’s Courtney Howard provided a positive review of the film, stating, “While not as subversive as its predecessor, it delivers on the promise of a smart and salient sequel with bolder action, bigger stakes, and deeper resonance for all ages.” The highly anticipated release features a star-studded cast of voice actors, including Kim Kardashian and her children, North and Saint West, alongside Mckenna Garce and Will Brisbin.