Author: Katey Rich | published: 2013-09-21 14:19:41
How do you know it's now, officially fall movie season? An R-rated drama about kidnapping and torture is the #1 movie at the box office. prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal along with a laundry list of other big names, opened to a modest but respectable $7 million on Friday, according to the early numbers at Deadline. That puts it on track for $21 million for the weekend and an easy #1 spot, though to be fair, its competition wasn't exactly stiff.
The weekend's other big release, Battle of the Year, never looked like much of a contest, opening on more than a thousand fewer screens than Prisoners and bringing in way less cash-- it made $1.4 million on Friday on its way to an estimated $4 million for the weekend. The dance competition movie wasn't exactly expensive, at a budget of $20 million, but it stands virtually no chance of making that back in theaters.
Second place will belong to Insidious 2, a massive holdover hit that made $4.6 million on Friday and will notch another $13 million for the weekend (if you're seeing the film this weekend, make sure to enter our contest!) And though it won't make much of an impact at the box office, opening on barely more than 300 screens. the 3D re-vamp of The Wizard of Oz-- yes, this really happened-- is doing pretty well for itself, making more than $750,000 on Friday on its way to a $2.5 million weekend, good enough for ninth place behind Riddick.
So for now, the weekend is all about Prisoners, and for more on that we have lots of options for you-- both Eric and Sean's rave reviews, Sean's video interview with director Denis Villeneuve, our Operation Kino podcast review, and for something a little different, our celebration of cinematographer Roger Deakins, who made Prisoners and so many other movies look unspeakably gorgeous. You can also check out the trailer for Prisoners below: