Box office update: 'Prisoners' breaks free from the competition

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Hugh Jackman took no Prisoners at the Friday box office. His kidnapping thriller, costarring Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano, grossed a healthy $7 million on its first day in theaters (3,260 of them, to be exact). That puts the Warner Bros release on track for an opening weekend haul of around $21 million — strong numbers for a two-and-a-half-hour drama based on an original script, and arguably Jackman’s biggest opening yet for a straight-up drama (2008’s Australia opened with $14.8 million, while Deception earned $2.3 million that same year).

In second place, Insidious Chapter 2 earned $4.7 million on Friday, significantly down from $20.2 million on its first day last week. Horror movies tend to go six feet under on their second weekends (with the exception of word-of-mouth hits like this year’s The Conjuring), though this movie will surpass the original Insidious‘ $54 million total gross by the end of the weekend.

The Robert DeNiro–Michelle Pfeiffer action comedy The Family smuggled another $2.1 million on Friday, bringing its 8-day haul to a modest $20.7 million, while the weekend’s other new wide release, the dance pic Battle of the Year, stumbled to a weak $1.5 million Friday bow.

Check back tomorrow for a full box office report, including tallies on specialty pics Enough Said and The Wizard of Oz in 3-D.

1. Prisoners — $7.0 million
2. Insidious Chapter 2 — $4.7 million
3. The Family — $2.1 million
4. Battle of the Year — $1.5 million
5. We’re the Millers — $1.4 million


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