"It's the biggest no-brainer of the century to put these movies out on Halloween weekend and wait for the money to roll in," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released later today.
1. Saw III $34.3 million.
2. The Departed $9.8 million.
3. The Prestige $9.6 million.
4. Flags of Our Fathers $6.35 million.
5. Open Season $6.1 million.
6. Flicka $5 million.
7. Man of the Year $4.7 million.
8. The Grudge 2 $3.3 million.
9. Marie Antoinette $2.85 million.
10. Running with Scissors $2.55 million.