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Sequel, Sequels, By the Sequel Shore

EXCLUSIVE: Fishbowl L.A. has learned that Lions Gate Films is greenlighting “Saw 3″ just twenty four hours after its $30.5 million opening weekend.

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Why, we haven’t seen numbers like this since… since… Well, since last month, when “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” opened at $30 million.

Well, no matter. Perversely, Variety’s Gabriel Snyder
points out that the movie pulled in — somewhat inexplicably — equal numbers of men and women. Nothing, it turns out, says “date movie” like a key embedded deep within your right eye. (See below.)

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Anyway, our Gate sources tell us that while Leigh Whannell and Darren Lynn Bousman will probably involved creatively somehow, likely as not Bousman won’t be in the canvas chair screaming, “Action!”.

The really scary news, though, comes at the bottom of Snyder’s story: True, “Saw II” performed so well that it’s Lion’s Gate’s best weekend ever. But overall, box office of $6.97 billion is still down this year — a drop of 6.4%.

Aigh! Now THAT’S scary.

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