"Prisoners," an intense drama starring Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, is set to debut at No. 1 in its opening weekend. According to a Box Office Mojo report that was published on Sept. 20, 2013 (the day that "Prisoners" opened in U.S. and Canadian cinemas), opening-weekend ticket sales for "Prisoners" are likely to be in the $20 million range.
"Prisoners" is expected to knock down the horror flick "Insidious Chapter 2" from the No. 1 spot, where "Insidious" has been since opening in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 13, 2013.
In "Prisoners" (which has gotten mostly positive reviews from critics), Jackman plays a man whose daughter and her friend are kidnapped together. he becomes frustrated after the main suspect (played by Paul Dano) is released from jail due to lack of evidence, so he secretly kidnaps and tortures the suspect in order to force him to confess to what he did to the girls. Gyllenhaal plays the cop who is the lead investigator in the girls' kidnapping.
According to Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoing destination, “Prisoners” is the No. 1 movie Fandango fans want to see this weekend, scoring 74 out of 100 points on Fandango’s Fanticipation movie buzz indicator. According to a Fandango survey of “Prisoners” moviegoers:
- 93 percent said the film’s positive buzz motivated them to buy a ticket.
- 84 percent consider themselves fans of Jackman.
- 68 percent said they are drawn by the film’s thriller genre.
Also opening in wide release on Sept. 20, 2013, is Screen Gems' dance flick "Battle of the Year" (starring Josh Holloway, Josh Peck and Chris Brown), which has gotten mostly negative reviews from critics. "Battle of the Year" is not expected to do well at the box office either, according to Box Office Mojo.
Expected to do well limited release this weekend are Warner Bros. Pictures' “The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience" and Universal Pictures' "Rush," a drama based on the true story of the 1970s rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Bruhl). Both movies have gotten mostly positive reviews. "Rush" will expand to a wide release on Sept. 27, 2013.
Sept. 22, 2103 update: "Prisoners" debuted at No. 1 in its opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada, with ticket sales totaling $20.8 million, according to Box Office Mojo. "Battle of the Year" flopped, debuting at No. 5 with $4.6 million in ticket sales.
"The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience" and "Rush" did very well in limited release. "The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience" had tickets sales of $3.1 million in 318 theaters, which is an average of $9,730 per theater. "Rush" (whose U.S. release was limited to only five theaters) did even better in its per-theater average: The movie made $187,289 in just five theaters, which is a total of $37,458 per theater.
In comparison, "Prisoners" had a per-theater average of $6,386 in 3,260 theaters.
Three independent films that premiered on demand before or on the same day as their limited theatrical releases did poorly at the box office.
- Screen Media's "C.O.G.," a comedy starring Jonathan Groff, made $32,198 from 20 theaters.
- Le Petit Canyon's "Jewtopia," a comedy starring Ivan Sergei and Jennifer Love Hewitt, made $26,371 in 16 theaters.
- Tribeca Films' "A Single Shot," a crime drama starring Sam Rockwell and William H. Macy, made $10,020 in 10 theaters.
Box-office totals were even more dismal for "I Spit on Your Grave 2," which made just $441 in one theater. "I Spit on Your Grave 2" was released theatrically on Sept. 20, 2013, and is set to premiere on demand on Sept. 24, 2013.
Here are the Top 5 movies for the weekend ending Sept. 22, 2013:
1. "Prisoners" — $20.8 million
2. "Insidious: Chapter 2" — $13.8 million
3. "The Family" — $7 million
4. "Instructions Not Included" — $5.4 million
5. "Battle of the Year" — $4.6 million