It has happened! We never doubted it would, but it’s still great cause to celebrate here in the horrorsphere.
The tenth entry in the Saw series has reached that all-important box-office milestone and nabbed $100 million in revenue.
The film is currently sitting at an impressive $101 million at the global box-office, and this is a gargantuan achievement for the franchise. Realistically, this is huge for any series entry, but even more so for Saw X as it had to compete with being the tenth entry and a history of diminishing returns.
When we look at this in the broader sense and factor in other horror franchises, Saw stands as the lone victor in having its tenth outing dominate financially. Its closest competition is 2009’s Halloween II, which took in a disappointing $37 million. Of course, Halloween has since had a half-a-billion-dollar resurgence at the box-office with entries 11 through 13, but we must bear in mind, that required an entire franchise reset. With Saw, we have perhaps the only horror franchise to reach this milestone whilst maintaining a rather complex continuity.
This, of course, begs the question; where does the series go from here? Having tried the spin-off route to very little success, will this financial windfall mean that Saw XI is on the cards? Inevitably that opens a plethora of questions, chiefly; where could they possibly go from here? Given Saw X’s position as a “lost chapter” style prequel, could the team possibly fit more of these untold jaunts into their established narrative?
Or will this be the end for the long-running franchise? Ten is a more than respectable number to cap things off, and if one adds to that the universal praise for Saw X in comparison to its predecessors, this might be the perfect way to end on a high.
Only time will tell if $100 million at the box-office will equal more Jigsaw hijinks, but we’ll be here to report on any developments should they occur.