'Saw 3D' takes biggest box-office slice with $24M

November 1, 2010 5:25:10 AM PDT
Psychokiller Jigsaw has come back to life at the box office. "Saw 3D," the seventh installment in the series about Jigsaw's legacy of bloody terror, debuted as the Halloween weekend's No. 1 movie with $24.2 million.

That was $10 million more than last year's "Saw VI," the first dud in the annual horror franchise. But it still was a modest return compared to earlier chapters in the "Saw" series, whose previous sequels all had topped $30 million over opening weekend.

The "Saw 3D" debut also was soft compared to the previous weekend's No. 1 movie, "Paranormal Activity 2," a newer fright franchise that opened with $40.7 million. "Paranormal Activity 2" slipped to No. 2 this weekend, raising its total to $65.7 million