It was a rather slow weekend at the box office this weekend, with “Prisoners” taking the top spot with a modest $21.4 million. The new thriller’s all-star cast—including Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal— and mostly positive reviews likely drew audiences in despite its dark themes: Jackman’s daughter goes missing, and he decides to take matters into his own hands.
Last weekend’s number one movie, “Insidious Chapter 2”, had a huge dropoff from its big debut weekend. The horror sequel dropped to second this weekend with only $14.5 million. Meanwhile, the weekend’s only other big new release, the dance film “Battle of the Year”, opened in fifth with only $5 million. And the surprise hit of the last several weeks, the Latino comedy “Instructions Not Included”, continues to grow in popularity. It jumped to fourth place this weekend after taking sixth last weekend, making $5.7 million.
But it was a film that’s over 70 years old that probably had more success than any other at the box office this weekend. The 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” came back to just over 300 theaters nationwide this weekend, playing in IMAX 3D for the first time. It grossed a remarkable $3.02 million, proving that it still is and likely always will be one of cinema’s most enduring films.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
- “Prisoners”: $21.4 million
- “Insidious Chapter 2”: $14.5 million
- “The Family”: $7 million
- “Instructions Not Included”: $5.7 million
- “Battle of the Year”: $5 million
- “We’re the Millers”: $4.6 million
- “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”: $4.3 million
- “Riddick”: $3.6 million
- “The Wizard of Oz”: $3.02 million
- “Planes”: $2.8 million
- “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”: $1.8 million
- “Elysium”: $1.5 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre
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