Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures' Saw 5 Slashes Its Way To $30.5 Million Opening Weekend



    
    Iconic Franchise Poised To Surpass Friday The 13th This Week As
    Top-Grossing Horror Franchise of All Time

    
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, Oct. 26 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate, the
leading next generation filmed entertainment studio (NYSE:   LGF) and Twisted
Pictures' horror thriller Saw 5 scared up an estimated $30.5 million in 3,060
theatres this weekend at the North American box office, or $9,965 per
location, on its way to becoming the top-grossing horror franchise of all time
early this week, it was announced today by Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures
principals Mark Burg and Oren Koules.  The five Saw films have now grossed an
estimated cumulative $316.2 million to date at the domestic box office and
will pass the $317.8 million hauled in by the eleven Friday the 13th films
tomorrow or Tuesday.  The Saw franchise sliced past Halloween, whose nine
films have grossed a cumulative $307.4 million, this past weekend.
    The Saw franchise is already one of the most profitable in box office
history.  The original Saw cost only $1.2 million to make, and the franchise
now has achieved worldwide box office of more than $550 million and combined
worldwide theatrical and home entertainment grosses of more than $1 billion.
Saw 5 opened day and date in nine international territories this past weekend
and grossed an estimated $6.1 million from openings in Australia, Panama,
Venezuela, Poland, Slovenia, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the West
Indies.
    "The remarkable longevity of the Saw franchise is a testament to the
creative skills of our Twisted Pictures partners and the tremendous talent and
originality of the entire creative team," said Lionsgate President of
Theatrical Films Tom Ortenberg.  "Every Saw film is as fresh, original and
terrifying as the first.  As a result, Jigsaw has become as much a part of
Halloween as pumpkins and trick or treating and, based on the vitality of Saw
5, it is clear that there is plenty of blood left to give."
    Lionsgate noted that the estimated $30.5 million opening weekend
reflected a drop of only about 4% from last Halloween's $31.8 million opening.
Demonstrating remarkable consistency, the last four Saw installments have all
grossed between $30 and $34 million on their opening weekends.
    "The Saw franchise has found the perfect home at Lionsgate," said Burg
and Koules.  "Lionsgate's marketing and distribution team has established
Jigsaw as part of our popular culture, and they continue to reinvigorate the
Saw franchise in incredibly creative ways each year.  There are very few
constants in our uncertain world, but one of them clearly is -- if it's
Halloween, it must be SAW."
    Saw 5 is produced by Greg Hoffman, Oren Koules and Mark Burg, directed by
David Hackl and based on a screenplay by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. It
stars Tobin Bell as Jigsaw.  In the fifth installment of the Saw franchise,
Hoffman (Costas Mandylar) is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the
Jigsaw legacy.  But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt
to eliminate all loose ends.
    Lionsgate is the leading next generation filmed entertainment studio with
a major presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures,
television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-
demand and digitally delivered content. The Company is leveraging its content
leadership and marketing expertise through a series of partnerships that
include the operation of the highly successful FEARnet branded channel with
Sony and Comcast, the recent announcement of the fall 2009 launch of a new
multiplatform entertainment venture with partners Viacom, Paramount Pictures
and MGM, investment in the leading young men's digital distribution platform
Break.com, ownership of the premier independent television syndication company
Debmar-Mercury LLC and an alliance with independent filmed entertainment
production and distribution company Roadside Attractions.
    The Company's feature films have generated more than $450 million at the
North American theatrical box office in the past year, and Lionsgate has also
forged leadership positions in television and home entertainment with the
production of such critically-acclaimed television series as "Weeds" and "Mad
Men," the distribution of "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," "Family Feud,"
"South Park," "Trivial Pursuit," "The Wendy Williams Show" and Tyler Perry's
"Meet the Browns," and approximately 8% market share and the industry's
leading box office-to-DVD conversion rate in home entertainment. Lionsgate
handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion
picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue
and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses.
The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with entrepreneurial innovation and
original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the globe.

    
    For further information, contact:
    

    
    Sarah Greenberg
    310-255-3856
    sgreenberg@lionsgate.com
    

    
    For corporate inquiries, contact:
    

    
    Peter D. Wilkes
    310-255-3726
    pwilkes@lionsgate.com
    

    
    Kristin Robinson
    310-255-5114
    krobinson@lionsgate.com

    




For further information:

For further information: Sarah Greenberg, +1-310-255-3856,
sgreenberg@lionsgate.com; or corporate inquiries, Peter D. Wilkes,
+1-310-255-3726, pwilkes@lionsgate.com, or Kristin Robinson, +1-310-255-5114,
krobinson@lionsgate.com, all of Lionsgate Web Site: http://www.lionsgate.com/


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