This weekend, the 'Paw Patrol' sequel leads weekend box office, making almost twice as much as its predecessor did in its first weekend. Saw X came in second, doing better than recent Saw franchise movies but still ranking near the bottom of debut weekends for the franchise.
Saw X, the 10th film in the horror series, and The Creator, a visually stunning sci-fi epic that wasn't part of any other franchise or intellectual property, were both up against the animated movie.
Paw Patrol, on the other hand, had family appeal in a season known more for scary stories than kid-friendly fun. When a magical meteor crashes into Adventure City, it gives the PAW Patrol pups abilities and turns them into The Mighty Pups.
Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie movie poster
"PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie," the second cartoon movie in the "PAW Patrol" series from Paramount, earned a solid $23 million over the weekend from 3,989 theaters in North America. This made it the top movie at the box office.
Those ticket sales were more than enough to beat the three other new national releases, which could be called the good ("Saw X," from Lionsgate), the "meh" ("The Creator," from Disney and New Regency), and the "ugly" ("Dumb Money," from Sony, which is based on Game Stop stock).
With good reviews and high crowd scores, the second "PAW Patrol" movie almost doubled the opening of its predecessor, "PAW Patrol: The Movie," which opened in 2021 to $13 million and also came out on Paramount+ at the same time. The new adventure based on the popular Nickelodeon show for kids also opened with $23.1 million at the foreign box office, bringing the total worldwide to $46.1 million.
The movie made $23 million in the United States, according to Comscore. It had an all-star cast, including Taraji P. Henson, Kristen Bell, Chris Rock, Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian, and her two kids, North and Saint West. The Mighty Movie made another $23.1 million overseas, giving the four-legged sequel a total opening weekend of $46.1 million around the world.
Saw X was supposed to be the first Saw movie since Spiral in 2021. It was supposed to come out on Oct. 27, which was close to Halloween, and seemed like a good pick. But maybe Lionsgate wanted to take advantage of the difference in tone that made Barbeheimer such a hit, so they changed the release date up to the end of September. This put Saw in direct competition with those cute puppies.
Some of the things Paramount did to get people excited about this latest sequel was to get it into the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most dogs at a movie showing (219 at the Autry Museum of American History at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, CA). Costumed characters from the movie showed up in zoos, at a White Sox game in Chicago, in children's hospitals, and on TV in all areas.
In Columbus Circle, there was a 5.5k-square-foot immersive Paw Patrol 2 movie experience that finished with a collectible pup tag, a photo op, and a Dance PAWty. There was also a gift shop with 24 SKUs of PAW Patrol products for sale. There were also music videos made for the three original songs in the sequel, including "Down Like That" by Bryson Tiller, "Bark to the Beat" by McKenna Grace and Blackbear, and "Learning to Fly" by Christina Aguilera.
Saw X came in second in North America with $18 million from 3,262 sites. Even though that's not a bad start for a movie that cost $13 million to make before marketing, the goal was to beat Paw Patrol and be No. 1. Saw X got the best reviews of any film in the series, so the hope wasn't misplaced. People who saw the movie gave it a B CinemaScore, which is a pretty good score for the genre. Saw X opened in 50 countries overseas to the tune of $11.3 million, giving it a global opening of $29.3 million.
The Creator came in third place with $14 million from 3,680 theaters in the United States. The $80 million original sci-fi epic, directed by Rogue One's Gareth Edwards, was the biggest jump of the weekend. It hopes to make up lost ground overseas, where it opened with $18.3 million from 48 markets for a $32.3 million global debut.
The Creator was made by New Regency and Entertainment One, and 20th Century Studios is in charge of distributing it. It is one of the few sci-fi movies made by a company that is based on an original idea instead of a well-known IP. John David Washington plays a man who gets caught in the middle of a war between humans and AI. The Creator got a B+ on the CinemaScore scale.
Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie, the follow-up to the famous TV show's movie from 2021, is the most popular movie this weekend.
Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie is making $23 million, which is a big win for Paramount and Spin Master. The movie is part of a $14 billion global retail brand, from which both companies get a nice cut. And toys sell more when movies do well. EntTelligence says that 2.3 million people went to see Paw Patrol 2, and that almost half of the tickets were sold at child prices.