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Last Updated: Monday, 29 October 2007, 10:33 GMT
Slasher movie tops US box office
Betsy Russell stars in Saw IV
Betsy Russell stars in Saw IV
Slasher film Saw IV has topped the US and Canada box office with takings of $32.1m (15.6m).

The newest film in the torture-horror franchise beat family comedy Dan in Real Life, starring Steve Carrell, into a distant second place.

Last week's top film, vampire flick 30 Days of Night, held up for third in the rankings, bringing in $6.7m (3.3m).

A 3-D re-release of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas took the 10th spot with $3.4m (1.7m).

1. Saw IV - $32.1m (15.6m)
2. Dan in Real Life - $12.1m (5.9m)
3. 30 Days of Night - $6.7m (3.3m)
4. The Game Plan - $6.3m (3.1m)
5. Why Did I Get Married? - $5.7m (2.8m)
6. Michael Clayton - $5m (2.4m)
7. Gone Baby Gone - $3.9m (1.9m)
8. The Comebacks - $3.45m (1.7m)
9. We Own the Night - $3.4.m (1.65m)
10. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - $3.35m (1.62m)
Source: Media by Numbers

The results for Saw IV were on par with the debut of Saw III, which pulled in $33.6 million (16.3m) over the same weekend last year.

Since the original low-budget Saw became an out-of-nowhere fright sensation in 2004, Lionsgate has released a new chapter each October.

"I would expect to see Saw V next year, Saw VI the year after that and Saw VII the following year if they can keep it up," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers.

"There's just something inherently gruesome and compelling about these movies. I don't know what that says about society in general, but it certainly works at the box office." he said.

Overall Hollywood revenues declined for the sixth straight weekend, taking $86.1m (41.8m), although business was only down 2% compared with the same weekend last year.

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