“Prisoners” starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal took the box office this weekend raking in an impressive $21.4 million. Jackman’s “The Wolverine” had opened to $53 million earlier this year as the Aussie continues to find success. In “Prisoners” Jackman plays Keller Dover, a father who takes matters into his own hands when his daughter and her friend go missing. Gyllenhaal plays Detective Loki and both characters have appeared to connect with audiences. “Prisoners” also stars Paul Dano and scored an 8.4 rating on IMDB. Also, Denis Villenueve’s dark thriller scored a 77% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Trailing “Prisoners” and amassing $14.5 million for a 10 day total of $60.9 million as reported by NBC news was “Insidious 2.” The cult horror movie has found success with younger audiences despite its low budget. Benson Lee’s “Battle of the Year” featuring Chris Brown cost $20 million to produce and only managed to accumulate $5 million so far. In other box office news, “The Family” took in $7 million and Spanish-Language surprise hit “Instructions Not Included” made $5.7 million bringing their totals to $25.6 and $34.7 million respectively.
On Friday Ron Howard’s Formula-One themed “Rush” starring Chris Hemsworth, and Joseph Gordon Levitt’s “Don Jon” featuring Scarlett Johansson and himself will both open. Both currently sit at least 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and there will be much buzz as to how these two flicks perform at the box office.