The dark crime thriller "Prisoners" claimed the top spot at the box office this weekend, according to The Hollwood Reporter.
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman, "Prisoners" tells the story of the dramatic fallout between two families after their daughters are kidnapped. Jackman's character clashes with police involved with the investigation, including Gyllenhaal's character. The Oscar contender also stars Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, and Paul Dano.
Other films competing at the box office this past weekend were "Insidious 2" and Chris Brown's 3D dance film, "Battle of the Year." "Insidious 2" raked in $40.3 million on its opening weekend, but fell 64% this weekend, drawing in $14.5 million. "Battle of the Year" performed below expectations, only bringing in $5 million.
"Prisoners" box office victory proves that there is still a need and desire from audiences for adult dramas. Just a few years ago, many in Hollywood assumed that adult dramas were dead, but the results from this weekend's box office show that good movies can still generate interest among audiences and more importantly, big box office results.
Two other adult oriented films opened in limited release over the weekend as well. Ron Howard's "Rush" opened in five theaters with a $40,000 per screen average, while the romantic comedy, "Enough Said," featuring one of James Gandolfini's final performances, opened in four theaters with an average of $60,000 per screen. Both films will expand their releases next week.