‘Saw’ Movie Earnings: How The Saw Franchise Averages $1.2M Profit Per Minute

Jigsaw’s game involves , but Lionsgate, the studio who own the Saw franchise, are playing another game entirely. The Saw movies were sparked off — as is the way with — by one phenomenally successful, low budget movie, which is where the games really began.

The saw keen young Australian filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell turn a cheaply made yet excellent film into over 100 million dollars’ profit, and birthed a horror franchise that straddled the globe… so what is the full extent of the Saw movies’ earnings?


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1. Saw

  • Released: 2004
  • Budget: $ 1.2M
  • Box Office: $104M
  • Profit: $102.8M (8,567%)
  • Runtime: 103 mins
  • Profit Per Minute: e$1M

2. Saw II

  • Released: 2005
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $153M
  • Profit: $148M (2,960%)
  • Runtime: 93 mins
  • Profit Per Minute: $1.6M

3. Saw III

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  • Released: 2006
  • Budget: $10M
  • Box Office: $164M
  • Profit: $154M (1,540%)
  • Runtime: 108 mins
  • Profit Per Minute: $1.426M

4. Saw IV

  • Released: 2007
  • Budget: $10M
  • Box Office: $136M
  • Profit: $126M (1,260%)
  • Runtime: 93 mins
  • Profit Per Minute: $1.35

5. Saw V

  • Released: 2008
  • Budget: $10.8M
  • Box Office: $118M
  • Profit: $107.2M (992.6%)
  • Runtime: 92 mins
  • Profit Per Minute: $1.165M

6. Saw VI

  • Released: 2009
  • Budget: $11M
  • Box Office: $70M
  • Profit: $59M (536%)
  • Runtime: 90 mins
  • Profit Per Minute: $650,000

7. Saw 3D

  • Released: 2010
  • Budget: $17M
  • Box Office: $134M
  • Profit: $117M (688%)
  • Runtime: 90 mins
  • Profit Per Minute: $1.3M

Franchise Total

  • Budget: $65M
  • Box Office: $879M
  • Profit: $814M (1,252%)
  • Runtime: 669 mins
  • Profit Per Minute: $1.2M

Saw Franchise: The Most and Least Profitable Movies

  • Biggest Profit: Saw III ($164M)
  • Biggest Profit %: Saw (8,567%)
  • Biggest Profit Per Minute: Saw II ($1.6M)
  • Least Profitable: Saw VI (Profit: $59M (536%))

For comparison, are Paranormal Activity (profit percentage 1,286,566%) and Paranormal Activity 3 (profit $202M).

Do you feel that the quality of each Saw movie was appropriately rewarded (or punished) by their box office earnings?

Source: (Numbers have been slightly rounded up to simplify results. No figures have been adjusted for inflation as all movies were released over a six year period). All Images:

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