Weekend Review: Jail Break

by Bunzi on Monday, September 23, 2013

It is fair to say that Prisoners broke out, especially if we are talking about the September box-office lull.  Any film that makes more than $20 million during this time period must be special in some way, and $21.4 million is quite an accomplishment.  What’s more important is the excellent word of mouth, some have even mentioned golden statues in the same sentence.  To know a little more we will have to wait for the next weekend, where the drop-off will be able to tell us a better story.  For now, as an owner you should count on a $65 million score.

Insidious Chapter 2, much like many other horror movies, burst onto the screens with a massive debut followed by a significant drop.  Nearly a 65% weekend-to-weekend dip, which made for a $14.5 million second place.  That is still a nice take, and an $80 million total is just about guaranteed.  Audiences seem to like this film, much like they did the first one and the sure to like the third.  

The Family took home $7 million, and finished in third place.  A $40 million final would be a box office success for this film, though I do believe it has suffered some from the release date.  Rounding out the top 5 were Instructions Not Included and Battle of the Year, both with $5 million and change.  Instructions continues to be well received, and despite the fact that it has been showing in less than 1000 theaters, it has already captured around $35 million.  it is true that this movie would only show up in very deep Flickamo leagues, but there is something special about the indie films that go on to make money.  We could see $50 million if this trend continues.

We’re the Millers isn’t going away, and finished 6th, with $4.6 million.  This movie will make $150 million, and if you have it, you should be thrilled.  Speaking of indie films that go on to make money; The Butler finished slightly behind the Millers with approximately $4.3 million and it looks to be on its way to $125 million.  Riddick made $3.6 million, The Wizard of Oz 3D took in $3 million, while Planes captured another $2.8 million and it is this troika that completes our weekend’s top 10.