The Warner Bros. drama, directed by Denis Villeneuve, should expect north of $20 million this weekendfor 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.”
Suhaib Gasmelbari, whose Sudanese documentary “Talking About Trees” premiered in the Berlinale’s Panorama section, received the Variety Middle East and North Africa Region Talent Award Saturday at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt from festival director Intishal Al Timimi. Variety critic Jay Weissberg, who selected the honoree, said that it is not usual that [...]
In a box office win fit for a queen, Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey” ruled over the competition in North America. The big-screen continuation of the popular British TV show beat expectations with $31 million when it debuted in 3,079 theaters, setting a new opening weekend record for the specialty studio. “Downton Abbey” easily surpassed fellow [...]
SAN SEBASTIAN — She isn’t done yet. The battling character of Josefina Molina, winner of Spain’s 2019 National Cinematography Prize, was glimpsed in her acceptance speech at the San Sebastian Festival on Saturday. She used part to thank those who had given crucial help, such as, among women, editors Nieves Martin (1981’s “Función de Noche,” [...]
SAN SEBASTIAN – Barcelona-based Lastor Media and Malmo Pictures have teamed with San Sebastian’s Irusoin to produce “Suro” (The Cork), the feature debut of Mikel Gurrea and a product of San Sebastian’s Ikusmira Berriak program. The film stars Laia Costa, who broke through with Sebastian Schipper’s “Victoria” and also serves as executive producer, and Pol López [...]
SAN SEBASTIAN — For the second year in a row, the ECAM Madrid Film School has paired a number of up-and-coming filmmakers with various industry veterans for an Incubator program part of the school broader development arm called The Screen. For its initial edition in 2018, this Incubator selected five feature projects, putting the selected [...]
Two major 2018 releases – actioner “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and critics’ darling “Roma” – were honored for film location work by the Location Managers Guild International at a ceremony this evening at the Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The 6th Annual LMGI Awards also recognized “Chernobyl” and “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” [...]
Warner Music, Spotify and Lyft are poised to welcome a new neighbor to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District with Soho Warehouse, the third California outpost of the Hollywood-loved members-only club — and the largest North American opening to date. Hot on the heels of the Soho House Hong Kong debut earlier this summer, the private [...]