Kristen Stewart, Welcome to the Rileys, Rupert Grint, Wild Target

Vue Entertainment, Argonaut Pictures

Saw 3D won the Halloween weekend, but the most intense box-office war was fought among low-budget indie flicks. At least where fans—and haters—of Twilight and Harry Potter were concerned.

In one corner: Kristen Stewart's Welcome to the Rileys. In the other: Rupert Grint's Wild Target.

And the winner was…?

A documentary about the world's largest garbage dump.

Waste Land grossed more money per theater than any film in limited or wide release. (Saw 3D, included.) Granted, the film only played at one theater, where it made $11,562, per estimates, but what counts counts.

The Swedish-language version of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, the concluding chapter in the Stieg Larsson thriller trilogy (until the Hollywood redos come along), also topped Stewart and Grint, grossing just under $1 million at 153 locations. 

Although they didn't rule among likely latte drinkers, both Stewart's and Grint's movies did OK, with bragging rights going to Team Weasley.

Theater for theater, the crime caper Wild Target ($24,316 at four theaters) outearned the drama Welcome to the Rileys ($45,000 at 10 theaters).

The performances were steps up for Stewart, last seen out of Bella's hoodies in the disappointing The Runaways, and Grint, who hadn't ventured out of Hogwarts in a theatrically released film since the 2006 indie, Driving Lessons.

In the Top 10, Saw 3D ($24.2 million) had no real competition as last weekend's champ, Paranormal Activity 2 ($16.5 million; $65.7 million overall), took a dive.

Elsewhere, Jackass 3D ($8.4 million) added to its legend, and broke $100 million overall—a Jackass first.

Hilary Swank's Conviction ($1.8 million; $2.4 million overall) cracked the Top 10, while Legend of the Guardians ($1.7 million; $52.6 million overall) and Easy A ($1.1 million; $56.3 million overall) dropped out.

Here's a complete look at the weekend's top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:

  1. Saw 3D, $24.2 million
  2. Paranormal Activity 2, $16.5 million
  3. Red, $10.8 million
  4. Jackass 3D, $8.4 million
  5. Hereafter, $6.3 million
  6. Secretariat, $5.1 million
  7. The Social Network, $4.7 million
  8. Life As We Know It, $4.1 million
  9. The Town, $2 million
  10. Conviction, $1.8 million
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