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Saturday, December 2, 2023

Kid flick ‘Paw’ beats blood-soaked ‘Saw’ in box office race

Paramount’s new kids’ movie  Paw Patrol 2: The Mighty Movie  bounded to the top of the North American box office this weekend, with a tail-wagging take estimated at $23 million, industry watcher  Exhibitor Relations  reported Sunday.

The film has the hard-working Paw Patrol pups – now endowed with superpowers – fighting again to save Adventure City. Voice actors include  Taraji P. Henson, Chris Rock, Serena Williams,  and  McKenna Grace.

‘Paw Patrol 2: The Mighty Movie’ features the voices of Taraji P. Henson, Chris Rock, Serena Williams, and McKenna Grace

In second place for the Friday-through-Sunday period was another new release, Lionsgate horror film  Saw X. It sold an estimated $18 million in tickets, not a bad weekend for a film made for just $13 million.

The film is the first in the violence-filled  Saw  series to score overwhelmingly positive reviews, according to  Variety. Tobin Bell, as the infamous Jigsaw, this time kidnaps doctors as he takes on greedy medical con artists.

New 20th Century sci-fi thriller  The Creator  came in third, at $14 million. Its of-the-moment setting: a world where humans are at war with artificial intelligence.

John David Washington  plays a special agent sent to kill the titular Creator. Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe,  and  Allison Janney  also star.

In fourth was the box office leader of the past three weekends,  The Nun II  from Warner Bros., at $4.7 million. This  Conjuring  series spinoff stars Taissa Farmiga in a tale of Gothic horror.

And in fifth was another new release, Fathom Events’ faith-based  The Blind, at $4.1 million. Set in the Louisiana swamps in the 1960s, it portrays the real-life struggles of  Duck Dynasty  star  Phil Robertson  with addiction and romance.

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