Box Office: ‘Prisoners’ Bound for $20 Million-Plus Opening

Box Office: 'Prisoners' Bound $20 Million-Plus

Chris Brown's 'Battle of the Year' bombing with $5 million

Hugh Jackman’s “Prisoners” is making a break at the U.S. box office.

The Warner Bros. drama, directed by Denis Villeneuve, should expect north of $20 million this weekend for Jackman’s eighth No. 1 movie of all-time.

According to early estimates, the R-rated “Prisoners” is lining up $8 million in ticket sales Friday and approximately $21 million through Sunday — not bad for a movie that cost only $30 million.

“Prisoners” tells the story of a small-town carpenter (Jackman) turns vigilante in order to rescue his abducted daughter and her best friend. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Melissa Leo co-star in the Alcon Entertainment thriller.

Factoring in strong word of mouth, the kidnapping drama, currently riding an 81% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, should have plenty of leg room in the historically slow September/October release period.

Last weekend’s champ “Insidious 2,” meanwhile, is down significantly in its second frame. FilmDistrict’s “Insidious 2” fell 89% week-to-week on Friday afternoon, a drop typical of most horror features, but will likely pick up for a weekend estimate of $12 million. The low-budget sequel ($5 million) has already cumed $46 million at the U.S. box office.

This weekend’s other new feature, Chris Brown’s teen dance pic “Battle of the Year,” is all but a ghost with $5 million. Made for $20 million and co-starring “Lost” actor Josh Holloway, the 3D dance movie will really need to step it up to avoid becoming a financial wreck.

Playing in limited release this weekend are “The Wizard of Oz 3D” and Universal’s racing pic “Rush.”

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  1. Julienne says:

    Nobody likes Chris Brown since he embarrassed Taylor Swift on live TV. But Brown doesn’t get it, because he’s an idiot…OH…and he punches women. Puss.

    • Loki says:

      That wasn’t Chris who embarrassed TaySwift, it was Kanye, just for the record. And Kanye does get it. Beyonce really did deserve that award.
      But yeah, Chris did punch his girlfriend in the face.

  2. What is Chris Brown’s favorite pick-up line? “I’d hit that!!”

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