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Saw sequel slays Zorro

The Aussie creators of the Saw franchise, Leigh Whannell (right) and James Wan.

The Aussie creators of the Saw franchise, Leigh Whannell (right) and James Wan.
Photo: Joe Armao

October 31, 2005

Horror has swung a sharper blade than Zorro at the North American box office.

With Halloween at hand, the bloody Saw II won the weekend with $US30.5 million ($A40.07 million), almost double the $US16.5 million ($A21.68 million) opening of Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones' swashbuckling sequel The Legend of Zorro, according to studio estimates today.

The weekend's other big-name wide releases had so-so premieres.

Prime, starring Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep in a romance between a thirtysomething woman and a younger man, debuted at No 3 with $US6.4 million ($A8.41 million).

Nicolas Cage's The Weather Man, in which he plays a materially successful TV forecaster whose personal life is a tempest of disorder, opened at No 6 with $US4.3 million ($A5.65 million).

Saw II, featuring Donnie Wahlberg as a cop drawn into a deadly game with the serial killer of the 2004 horror hit Saw, easily outdid the original movie's $US18.3 million ($A24.04 million) opening over last Halloween weekend.

AP

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