Rank
Title
Weekend
Gross
Cumulative
Gross
Weeks in Release
1

Saw II

$30,500,000
$30,500,000

1
2

Legend of Zorro

$16,500,000
$16,500,000

1
3

Prime

$6,300,000

$6,300,000

1
4

Dreamer

$6,300,000
$17,500,000

2
5

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

$4,400,000
$49,700,000

4
6

The Weather Man

$4,200,000
$4,200,000

1
7

Doom

$4,000,000

$22,800,000

2
8

North Country

$3,600,000
$12,100,000
2
9

The Fog

$3,300,000
$25,500,000
3
10

Flightplan

$2,600,000
$81,100,000
6

Audiences apparently were thirsty for blood this Halloween weekend, and only one movie’s advertising promised it. Much like the original did over the same weekend last year, Saw II carved out the biggest quivering chunk of the box office, proving that people still do actually go to the movies once in a while. And considering it already made $30 million and cost less than $5 million to make, you can bet your cruel devices we’ll have Saw III in time for Halloween 2006.

The return of Antonio Banderas’ masked vigilante was only half as enticing as the torture of character actors, leaving Legend of Zorro in distant second, with the Uma Thurman romcom Prime actually being tertiary.  The forecast is gloomy for Nic Cage’s The Weather Man, which picked a pretty bizarre weekend to blow into theaters, though its take was still sunnier that Doom’s 73% drop into the bowels of hell (aka the lower half of the top 10). 

Next weekend offers up Jake Gyllenhaal doing a tour in the first Gulf War in Jarhead, while the sky plummets onto a CG bird in Chicken Little.