The Moviefile - HSM 3 Wins Box Office; Disney Kicks Itself

Two sequels that couldn't be any more different if they tried battled it out at the box office this weekend, and it turns out the cheesy dancers beat out the crazed, torture-inflicting madman. That's right, High School Musical 3: Senior Year out-muscled Saw V -- and, if you listened closely, you could almost hear the sound of Disney execs crying that they had released the first two HSM movies on TV. Just look at all those buckets of money they could have made if they'd only released in theaters. (Not that the HSM franchise hasn't made Disney more money than most of us can fathom anyway.)

However you look at it, those two very different wide releases helped the overall weekend box office figures, as HSM 3 brought in $42 million and Saw V added another $30.5 million. Oh, and given that Mamma Mia! set an opening weekend record for a movie musical with a $27.6 million opening back in July, HSM 3 just became that record holder by a landslide.

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