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'Saw IV' Tops US Weekend Box Office

Saw IV carved up the competition to take last weekend's U.S. box office title.

The fourth installment in Lionsgate's gruesome horror series brought in $32.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Debuting a distant second with $12.1 million was Disney's romance Dan In Real Life, starring Steve Carrell, Juliette Binoche, and Dane Cook.

Overall Hollywood revenues declined for the sixth consecutive weekend: the Top 12 movies took in $86.1 million, down two percent from the same weekend last year.

Saw IV continued in the same successful vein as its predecessor, which grossed $33.6 million over the same weekend in 2006. Since the original, low-budget installment became a surprise hit in 2004, Lionsgate has released a new and successful 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."