Box Office: ‘Prisoners’ Steals the Number One Spot

By Will Ashton

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Kicking off the fall movie season, Prisoners took home the number one spot at the box office this weekend, earning a solid $21.4 million.

The drama/thriller has a budget of $46 million, so it is pretty conceivable that the film will be able to make its budget back before it leaves the multiplexes.

Meanwhile, Battle of the Year, the other wide release of the weekend, wasn’t as lucky, coming in at fifth place with only $5 million. With a budget of $20 million, it appears that this one is going to be a bomb.

Last week’s number one king, Insidious: Chapter Two, came in second place this weekend with $14.5 million. Like many horror films before it, it had quite a dip, dropping at 64%.

Opening in limited release this weekend was Rush, the Ron Howard film, which earned $200,000 in the five theaters it was playing in. Also opening in limited release over the weekend was Enough Said, featuring one of James Gandolfini’s final performances, which brought in $240,000 in four theaters.

Finally, opening in IMAX theaters over the weekend was the 3-D re-release of The Wizard of Oz, which, in 318 theaters, earned $3 million, coming in ninth place over the weekend.

Next weekend sees quite a few new releases, between Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Don Jon, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Baggage Claim, and the expanded release of Rush. I would have to guess that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is going to be the winner next week, but, hey, we’ll have to find out.

Check out the full box office below:

1.  Prisoners $21,430,000 $21.4
2.  Insidious Chapter Two $14,500,000 $60.8
3.  The Family $7,000,000 $25.6
4.  Instructions Not Included $5,700,000 $34.2
5.  Battle of the Year $5,000,000 $5
6.  We’re The Millers $4,670,000 $138.1
7.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $4,304,000 $106.4
8.  Riddick $3,672,000 $37.1
9.  The Wizard of Oz IMAX 3D $3,022,000 $3
10.  Planes $2,061,000 $86.5
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