Weekend box office: Prisoners beats out Insidious Chapter 2
If you open your movie in September and you’re not a horror or animated film, then $20 million at the weekend box office is something to be proud of. Such is the case for PRISONERS (click the link to read our review), which easily nabbed the top spot, beating out last week’s #1 film, INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2. The gritty drama, which stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, isn’t something you’d normally expect to claim the top spot, but a heavy duty marketing campaign and lack of competition, combined with the star power of its leads, paved the way for the drama to debut at #1. The other new film of the weekend was the dance movie BATTLE OF THE YEAR, which actually did a decent $5 million. That doesn’t sound like much, but when you factor in how horrible the film looked in the trailers and TV spots, I think they should be happy with $5 million.
Next week sees the wide release of the Ron Howard directed and Chris Hemsworth starring RUSH, which has gotten mostly positive early reviews, but audiences don’t always seem to like race car movies (unless we’re talking street racing, of course). But the probably number one movie of the weekend will be the sequel CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2. The first one was a surprise treat for me, so I’m anxious to see if the filmmakers can continue with the success they had with the first one. We also get the wide release of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut DON JON, which has received nearly unanimous positive praise from critics. Not Oscar-y praise, but praise that tells me it’s one you’re not going to want to miss. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Prisoners $21.4m
2. Insidious Chapter 2 $14.2m
3. The Family $7m
4. Instructions Not Included $5.7m
5. Battle of the Year $4.6m
6. We’re The Millers $4.5m
7. Lee Daniels’ The Butler $4.3m
8. Riddick $3.4m
9. Wizard of Oz 3D $2.8m
10. Planes $2.5m