"Saw III" cut and hacked its way to the No. 1 spot in its first weekend of release with $34.3 million in gross U.S. box office receipts.

"The Departed" was a distant No. 2 in its fourth weekend with $9.8 4 million.

All estimated figures are from Box Office Mojo.

"The Prestige" was third with more than $9.62 million; "Flags of Our Fathers" fourth with $6.35 million; "Open Season" fifth with $6.1 million.

"Flicka" trotted into sixth place in its second week of release with more than $4.97 million; "Man of the Year" seventh with more than $4.71 million; "The Grudge" eighth with $3.3 million; and "Marie Antoinette" was ninth with $2.85 million.

"Running with Scissors," like "Marie Antoinette" in limited release, rounded out the top 10 with $2.55 million.