Riding a wave of enthusiastic reviews, the
The $46-million production, which stars Jackman as a parent looking for his kidnapped daughter and Gyllenhaal as a police officer trying to make sure the father doesn't become a vigilante, was expected to open to about $20 million.
Even though the break dance tale “Battle of the Year” received an equal audience mark of A- from CinemaScore, the release from
Two prominent films debuted in limited release to impressive returns. "Enough Said," Fox Searchlight's romantic comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late
A new 3-D Imax release of
Andrew Kosove, who runs "Prisoners" producer Alcon Entertainment with Broderick Johnson, said he was confident positive recommendations would keep the thriller's momentum strong in the coming weeks.
"I'm really elated with how things turned out. We now have a base audience and we will have a lot of people spreading word of mouth," Kosove said.
He added it was a good turnaround for Alcon, given that the “Blind Side” producer was coming off its biggest failure, February’s “
Last week's No. 1 film, "Insidious: Chapter 2," plunged a steep 64% to $14.5 million in its second weekend, finishing second over all. The $5-million horror story from Blumhouse Productions and FilmDistrict has grossed $60.9 million to date.
Third place went to
In one footnote to the weekend, "The Spectacular Now," the romantic drama about two high school friends, crossed the $6-million mark for distributor A24.