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

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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