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Box office preview: 'Prisoners' looks to hold adult moviegoers captive

Feel that change in the air? Fall movie season is about to kick off this weekend with its first big adult drama, the R-rated kidnapping thriller Prisoners.  Arriving in theaters after a well-received premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, the movie boasts an impressive cast, including Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, and Terrence Howard. Welcome to awards season, when the studios start trotting out their prestigious show ponies in earnest.

If you’re looking for something a little less grown-up, the PG-13 horror sequel Insidious Chapter 2 is trying to scare up a strong second weekend following its $40 million opening, while the teen-targeting 3-D dance movie Battle of the Year, featuring R&B star Chris Brown, is also stepping up. (In more limited releases, Ron Howard’s Formula One racing movie Rush is opening in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles, while the sex-addiction comedy Thanks for Sharing will debut in 269 theaters.) But in the end, Prisoners will likely capture the weekend with a solid $20 million bow.

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Box office report: 'Insidious: Chapter 2' boasts a stunning $41 million debut; 'The Family' comes in second

The mob is no match for a horror flick at the box office.

Even though the Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer comedy The Family fared better than expected, the weekend of Friday the 13th was always going to belong to James Wan, whose Insidious: Chapter 2 (CinemaScore: B+) took in a staggering $41.05 million in 3,049 locations with a per-screen average of $13,463, making it the biggest September opening for a horror pic by over $10 million (The Exorcism of Emily Rose opened at $30.05 million in 2005). We’ll have to wait till the actuals come in on Monday, but Wan just barely managed to lose out to himself; his other summer success, The Conjuring, opened in first place in July with $41.9 million. This is another hit for Blumhouse Productions, too, which produced the micro-budget horror film and enjoyed similar profits with this year’s The Purge.

Wan, who also directed Saw and the first Insidious, has said he won’t be taking on any more horror films in the near future, but that’s just because he’s off to something much bigger: the billion-dollar Fast & Furious franchise.
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Box office update: 'Insidious: Chapter 2' enjoys a $20 million Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th is James Wan’s lucky day.

Audiences turned out in droves to check out Insidious: Chapter 2, which opened at an impressive $20 million. Film District’s PG-13-rated thriller opened in 3,049 theaters with significant social media and pre-sale buzz working in its favor. It’s also been a great summer for modestly budgeted horror films, including The Purge and Wan’s own The Conjuring. Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles as the poor parents just trying to protect their unlucky son from the demon spirits they thought they were rid off at the end of the first film. The $5 million film, boasting a $6,579 location average, should walk away with at least $40 million this weekend, even with the likelihood that teens won’t turn out in the same numbers on the significantly less exciting Saturday the 14th. Still, this is on track with The Conjuring, which also starred Wilson and opened at $41.8 million in mid-July.

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Box office preview: Mob comedy 'The Family' attempts to intimidate 'Insidious Chapter 2'

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Two very different kinds of families are facing off at the box office this weekend: One is a Robert De Niro-led mafia clan in the witness protection program and the other is a family who may not be entirely rid of the demonic spirits who possessed their young son.

We hate to break it to Mr. De Niro, despite his mafia patriarch credentials, it’s not even a contest. Insidious Chapter 2, James Wan’s sequel to his runaway hit, Insidious, will win the weekend, while Luc Besson’s The Family might not even make second place. Instead, Wan will compete with his Fast & Furious 7 star Vin Diesel, whose Riddick brought in $19 million its first weekend in theaters.
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'The Family' clip: You want a piece of Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer? EXCLUSIVE

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 Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer return to their mob roots in Luc Besson’s action comedy The Family (in theaters September 13). In this exclusive clip, the husband and wife, who are in witness protection along with their two children in a sleepy French village, bicker over De Niro’s character having landed the local plumber in a hospital bed over the sin of disrespect. And who is Pfeiffer’s character to judge? Her own short fuse was apparently lit and she set the grocery store on fire. Old habits die hard. Don’t mess.

The Family also stars Dianna Agron and John D’Leo as the couple’s children, and Tommy Lee Jones as the aggrieved CIA agent trying to keep the volatile family in line. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

'The Family' trailer: Robert De Niro goes back to his movie-mafia roots

Well… sort of. Think of The Family as the mafia comedy that follows the events of Analyze This and Analyze That. (Analyze The Other Thing?)

De Niro plays an ex-mobster who snitches on his old pals and is then relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. (Normandy is so much different than Lilyhammer.) The first half of the trailer plays like a classic fish-out-of-water tale with a violent twist: De Niro’s wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) gets back at some snooty Frenchmen by burning down their grocery store! His daughter (Dianna Agron, looking pleased to be free of the Glee-verse) uses her tennis racquet to beat up a guy who hit on her! His son (John D’Leo) is running some sort of mini-crime ring at the high school!

And then, in the second half, everything starts exploding. Director Luc Besson and executive producer Martin Scorsese really know how to give the people what they want.

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