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Box Office: ‘Prisoners’ Arrests a $21.4 Million Domestic Opening

Universal's 'Rush' underwhelms in limtied release

Warner Bros.’ kidnapping drama “Prisoners” walked away with a solid $21.4 million Stateside opening. Pic, from Alcon Entertainment, fell in line with pre-weekend expectations.

Prisoners” opened wide this weekend at 3,260 locations.

The Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaal starrer, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, received an ‘A-‘ CinemaScore rating. Not surprisingly, an overwhelming 72% of the R-rated pic’s opening came from auds over 25, though the film saw an even split between the genders.

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“This movie, to make well was always about finding the right filmmaker,” said Alcon co-chief Andrew Kosove, whose wife, producer Kira Davis, was so impressed by helmer Denis Villeneuve’s 2010 pic “Incendies” that she approached Villeneuve to direct “Prisoners.”

The film, which has the second-largest three-day opening ever for Alcon behind “The Blind Side,” is positioned well to play throughout the next couple of weeks. Also, awards chatter for Jackman and Gyllenhaal could lengthen the pic’s playability.

“To have two clear weeks is about the best window you can give a picture nowadays,” said Warner domestic distribution prexy Dan Fellman. Warners expects “Gravity” to open big when it debuts on Oct. 4.

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Meanwhile, Sony’s youth-targeted dance pic “Battle of the Year” grossed a modest $5 million at 2,008 locations. The film did score a solid ‘A-‘ CinemaScore, however.

In limited release,  Universal’s Formula One racing movie “Rush” underperformed, averaging $40,000 from five debut engagements. By comparison, the year’s highest debut per-screen average so far goes to Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” with north of $102,000 per screen. The modest limited opening doesn’t bode well for “Rush” as it expands wide next weekend.

Faring much better in limited release, Fox Searchlight’s “Enough Said” averaged $60,000 from four locations this weekend. The dramedy, which features one of the final bigscreen performances from the late James Gandolfini, debuted earlier this month at the Toronto Film Fest. Fox Searchlight expands the film to 65 U.S. markets on Friday.

And landing in the top ten for the first time with an Imax-only release, Warner Bros. partnered with the mega-screen exhib to re-release “Wizard of Oz” at 318 locations, grossing an estimated $3 million. The anniversary re-launch totaled $75,000 alone from the newly renovated Chinese theater in Hollywood.

Holdover highlights

In its second frame, FilmDistrict’s low-budget scarer “Insidious Chapter 2” fell a respectable 64%, claiming the No. 2 spot with an estimated $14.5 million. Pic’s cumed nearly $61 million domestically.

Also in its sophomore outing, Relativity Media’s dramedy “The Family” grossed a solid $7 million (down only 50%), despite the crowded frame for adult-targeted fare; while entering its fourth frame, Hispanic-skewing “Instructions Not Included,” from Lionsgate-Pantelion, actually grew 14% for a weekend estimate of $5.7 million.

Considering it hasn’t played at more than 1,000 locations, “Instructions” has cumed a remarkable $34.3 million and counting Stateside.

Domestic

Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Locations; Per-theater average; Cume*; Percentage change

  1. Prisoners (1): $21.4; 3,260; $6,574; $21.4; —
  2. Insidious Chapter 2 (2): $14.5; 3,155; $4,596; $60.9; -64%
  3. The Family (2): $7.0; 3,091; $2,265; $25.6; -50%
  4. Instructions Not Included (4): $5.7; 978; $5,828; $34.3; +17%
  5. Battle of the Year (1): $5.0; 2,008; $2,490; $5.0; —
  6. We’re the Millers (7): $4.7; 3,003; $1,555; $138.2; -14%
  7. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (6): $4.3; 2,931; $1,468; $106.5; -22%
  8. Riddick (3): $3.7; 3,022; $1,215; $37.2; -46%
  9. Wizard of Oz (re) (1): $3.0; 318; $9,503; $3.0; —
  10. Planes (7): $2.9; 2,446; $1,170; $86.5; -8%

Overseas

Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Territories; Screens; Int’l cume*; Global cume*; Percentage change

  1. The Smurfs 2 (8): $14.1; 71; 9,400; $238.4; $307.3; -20%
  2. Turbo (10): $12.3; 20; 2,611; $92.0; $173.6; +999%
  3. Despicable Me 2 (14): $10.3; 41; 3,400; $493.3; $854.0; +134%
  4. Elysium (6): $10.3; 54; 5,987; $157.6; $248.4; +21%
  5. The Conjuring (10): $10.1; 58; 3,300; $149.2; $285.4; +35%

*in millions of $

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