411's Box Office Report: Prisoners Captures #1 Spot
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.22.2013
With Insidious Part 2 dropping to #2...
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal took the top spot at the box office this weekend. The stars' crime thriller Prisoners topped the box office with $21.4 million, about where industry analysts had predicted given the star power of the film. The Denis Villeneuve-directed film averaged $6,574 from the 3,260 theaters that it opened in and the B+ CinemaScore, combined with good reviews, should ensure a relatively small drop next weekend. The film had a budget of $46 million.
Insidious Part 2 fell a spot to #2 this weekend with $14.5 million in its second week. That translates to a 64% drop, which is high for your average horror film but about what was expected given its monster opening last weekend. The horror sequel has a domestic gross of $60.9 million and a worldwide gross of $65.4 million from a budget of just $5 million.
Coming in at #3 was The Family, also down a spot in its second weekend. The Robert DeNiro/Michelle Pfeiffer dark comedy garnered $7 million for the weekend for a fairly average drop of 50%, better than the C CinemaScore it received would suggest. The film is has grossed $25.6 million on a budget of $30 million.
Up two spots in its fourth weekend was Spanish film Instructions Not Included, finishing at #4. The fish-out-of-water comedy brought in $5.7 million; it now has a $34.3 million domestic gross from a budget of $5 million.
Opening anemically at #5 was the dance film Battle of the Year, bringing in just $5 million. The movie starred Josh Holloway and Chris Brown and averaged just $2,490 from 2,008 theaters, opening well below the $10 million that the studio was hoping for. On the bright side the film did earn an A- CinemaScore, but poor reviews will counteract that and it will be unlikely to make back its $20 million budget.
Down a spot to #6 in its sixth weekend was We're the Millers, which grossed $4.7 million. The movie has now grossed $138.2 million domestically and $207.9 million worldwide from a budget of $37 million.
Lee Daniels' The Butler fell three spots, ending at #7 in its sixth weekend with $4.3 million. The ensemble film has now grossed $106.5 million domestically and $109.6 million worldwide from a budget of just $30 million.
Riddick had a precipitous fall, dropping five spots to #8 with $3.6 million. The film has grossed $37.2 million domestically and $74.1 million worldwide on a budget of $36 million.
Opening at #9 this week was the 3D/IMAX screening of The Wizard of Oz. The re-release of the 1939 classic brought in $3 million on just 318 for the highest per-screen average in the top 10 with $9,503. In various re-releases since its original, the film has grossed $19.7 million (which, if you account for box office inflation, is in the $200 million range); the original budget was $2.8 million.
Disney's Planes fell three spots to #10 with $2.9 million. The Disney animated movie has grossed a total of $86.5 million domestically and $155.5 million worldwide in seven weeks from a budget of $50 million.
The weekend box office tally was $86.5 million, down 4% from last year's take of $90.9 million that was led by End of Watch's opening haul of $13.2 million.
Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Prisoners - $21.4 million ($21.4 million total)
2. Insidious Part 2 - $14.5 million ($60.9 million total)
3. The Family - $7 million ($25.6 million total)
4. Instructions Not Included - $5.7 million ($34.3 million total)
5. Battle of the Year - $5 million ($5 million total)
6. We're the Millers - $4.7 million ($138.2 million total)
7. Lee Daniels' The Butler - $4.3 million ($106.5 million total)
8. Riddick - $3.6 million ($37.2 million total)
9. The Wizard of Oz - $3 million ($19.7 million total)
10. Planes - $2.9 million ($86.5 million total)