Lionsgate, did exceptionally well this weekend with the release of Saw III, is planning to continue the franchise next Halloween with the release of Saw IV.

"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.

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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.

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