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Horror movie film Saw 3D tops US box office

Saw 3D
Image caption The latest film brings the Saw franchise to an end

The final instalment of the horror franchise Saw has topped the US box office in its debut weekend.

The last chapter in the series about the psycho killer Jigsaw made $24.3m (£15.8m), according to studio estimates.

Saw VI, the last film in the series which was released last year, debuted with $10m (£6.2m) less.

The second, third, fourth and fifth Saw films all topped $30m over their opening weekends.

"Last year, a lot of people said, 'Ok, that's it. Put a fork in it, it's done'", said David Spitz, head of distribution for Lionsgate.

"The following week, we were all disappointed and thought, what can we do to reinvigorate the franchise? So we shot the movie in 3D and said this is the final chapter."

Another horror film, Paranormal Activity 2, slipped to second place, with $16.5m (£10.2m).

Its low-budget predecessor became a word of mouth phenomenon last year, eventually making more than $100m in North America.

Action movie, Red, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich, took third place with takings of $10.8m (£6.7m).

Prank movie Jackass 3D, now in its third week on the chart, has now passed the $100m (£62.3m) mark.

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