Yet another number one debut for Hugh Jackman! Prisoners is the second Film in-a-row of the Australian-born Star after another big debut this July with Wolverine and after it premiered at TIFF ’13 to resoundingly positive reviews earlier this month, the 18+ Crowd flocked to the Movies this weekend to see this R-rated Thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal who happened to top the Box Office this weekend last year with End of Watch, also stars. The Film opened with a stellar $21.4 million for Warner Bros., from 3,260 theatres. Made for $46 million, it likely will recover its production costs rather quickly and earned an A- CinemaScore from Audiences and also a v. solid 80% on the Tomatometer.
After a monstrous debut last week, Insidious: Chapter 2 slips to second spot this weekend with $14.5 million for FilmDistrict/eOne Films. In two weeks, the Horror has grossed a spiffy $60 million.
In third this weekend is Comedy, The Family, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert DeNiro with $7 million in this its second week out for Relativity Media and eOne Films. The Luc Besson Film in total has earned $25.1 million thus far domestically.
Debuting in fourth is Teen-Dance Flick, Battle of the Year, with $5 million from 2,008 theatres. Critics didn’t give it much love with a paltry 6% on the Tomatometer, while audiences loved with, giving it an A- CinemaScore; it was made for $20 million.
We’re the Millers is showing astounding resilience for Warner Bros., still hanging-on to the Top Ten in sixth spot with $4.6 million. The Comedy has earned over $138 million now in North America in its seven weeks in theatres.
The Butler also is proving to be a Stayer in seventh spot with $4.3 million in its sixth week of release, a cumulative total of 106 million for The Weinstein Co. and eOne Films.
Planes from Disney, rounds out the Top Ten with $2.8 million in its seventh week, now grossing over $86 million in North America.
Moviegoers knew were headed in one direction and one direction only. Morgan Spurlock‘s One Direction: This is Us Documentary was a big hit at the Box Office this Labour Day weekend, the Sony Pictures release earning $17 million from 2,735 theatres. The Film about the World’s hottest Boy Band right now, received a 68% score on Rotten Tomatoes’Tomatometer and Audiences absolutely loved it, giving it an A CinemaScore.
Slipping to second this weekend is The Butler with $14.7 million, after a two week reign atop the Box Office. The Historical Drama has now surpassed the $74-million mark for The Weinstein Co./eOne Films.
In third and still going strong is the hilarious Comedy, We’re the Millers which now in its fourth week earns $12;6 million for Warner Bros. The Film has now official grossed in excess of $109 million.
Lionsgate Films’ Spanish-language Comedy,Instructions Not Included is a surprise hit opening only in 247 theatres in fifth with $7.5 million.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in its second week of release slips to seventh spot with $5.2 million, just surpassing the $20 million-mark for eOne Films/Sony Screen Gems. This lands just ahead of well-reviewed The World’s End with $4.7 million, good enough for eighth spot in its second week of release domestically for eOne Films/Focus Features.
Getaway starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez debuts in eighth spot with $4/5 million from 2,130 theatres for Warner Bros. The Action-Thriller mustered only a 2% rating on the Tomatometer and Audiences gave it a C+ CinemaScore.
Rounding out the Top Ten is Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters with $4.4 million in its fourth week for 20th Century Fox.
On what traditionally is a slower time of the year at the Box Office, Historical-Drama, The Butler, remains the number one Film in North America for a second week in-a-row with $17 million from 3,110 theatres. The Film starring Forrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in two weeks has grossed over $52.2 million for The Weinstein Co. and eOne Films.
We’re the Millers for the third consecutive week remains the number two Film with $13.5 million earned for Warner Bros. The Comedy has earned$91.4 million thus far and is showing at 3,445 theatres.
Despite higher expectations, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones manages to debut in third with $9.2 million, a five-day gross of $14 million from 3,118 theatres after a Wednesday opening for Sony Screen Gems and eOne Films. Although Critics were harsh on the first Adaptation of Cassandra Clare‘s bestselling Novels, giving it 21% on the Tomatometer, Audiences enjoyed it far more with a B+ CinemaScore. A second Installment films in Toronto this September.
Edgar Wright certainly has loyal Fans on both sides of the Atlantic and after performing well in the UK earlier this Summer, his latest The World’s End debuts in fourth spot with $8.9 million from only 1,549 theatres. Critics loved the Sci-Fi/Action/Comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, giving it 91% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences gave it a decent B+ CinemaScore.
After debuting at TIFF two years ago, You’re Next debuts finally in fifth with $7 million for Lionsgate Films and eOne Films from 2,437 theatres. Critics responded well to the Horror starring Sharni Vinson, with an 80% rating on the Tomatometer, while Audiences weren’t as responsive with a B- CinemaScore.
Blue Jasminein its fifth week continues to see the benefit of strong word-of-mouth thanks to Cate Blanchett‘s stellar performance in ninth spot $4.3 million forSony ClassicsandMongrel Media. Kick-Ass 2 slips to tenth spot this weekend already in its second week with $4 million for Universal Pictures.
Never under-estimate the power of Oprah. In her first Film Role in over 15 years, the Multimedia Magnate finds herself atop the Box Office with Lee Daniels’ The Butler, opening in 2,933 theatres across North America at number one with $25 million. Starring Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker, Audiences loved the Film giving it a coveted A CinemaScore, while Critics gave it 73% on the Tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes. In addition to its two Stars the Historical-Drama features a plethora of Stars including Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, James Marsden, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams and more.
After a solid debut in second spot last weekend, We’re The Millers remains in second spot with $17.8 million for Warner Bros. In two weeks, the Comedy has grossed over $70 million domestically.
Last week’s Champ, Elysium lands in third with $13.6 million for Sony Pictures, a total of $55 million grossed in two weeks.
Kick-Ass 2 opens in fourth spot with $13.6 million from 2,381 theatres, just shy of the $19 million its Predecessor made in 2010. The Superhero-Action/Comedy shot in Toronto, earned a B+ CinemaScore from Audiences, although Critics didn’t think much of it with a harsh 26% rating on the Tomatometer. Like the first Kick-Ass Film, it is expected to recoup costs also in Rental and DVD Sales.
jOBS, based on the life of Apple Creator Steve Jobs and starring Ashton Kutcher debuts in seventh spot with $6.7 million from 2,381 theatres for Open Road Films/Remstar Films, earning a B- CinemaScore and 25% on the Tomatometer.
Rounding out the Top Ten is The Wolverine with $4.4 million for 20th Century Fox, for a total $120.4 million to date.
One Man, eight Presidents. The Butler tells the True Story of Cecil Gains (played by both Aml Ameen, Forest Whitaker), who served eight Presidents between 1952 and 1986, having a front-row seat as political and racial History was made in the United States. The Film marks Oprah Winfrey‘s big return to the Big Screen, playing the pivotal role of Gloria Gaines, his Wife.
Lee Daniels (Precious, The Paperboy) features an All-Star Cast including Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, Mariah Carey, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Rickman, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Cusack, Melissa Leo, Lenny Kravitz, Minka Kelly, James Marsden and several more.
Seen widely as a Contender at the Oscars, the The Weinstein Co. Film originally was to get an October release, but gets pushed-back to August 16, 2013, meaning no TIFF Premiere unfortunately!
Legendary. Robin Williams made several chilly Fans happy tonight arriving outside the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, stopping generously to take Photos and sign Autographs for Fans upon arrival less than an hour before Showtime. Keeping the situation completely under control with his Handlers, the youthful-looking 61-year-old Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and GRAMMY Winner took his time showing his gratitude to Fans – a true Class Act.
Williams appeared tonight at An Evening of Sit Down with Robin Williams hosted by his Pal, Canadian Actor/Author/Director David Steinberg, entertaining a Crowd of devout Fans to raves on Twitter.
2013 looks to be a big year for the Veteran Entertainer, whom I’ve long adored since his Mork & Mindy Days, with four Films on-the-way including eagerly-awaited The Big Wedding in which he stars alongside Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes, Susan Sarandon, Robert DeNiro and Topher Grace. Williams also stars in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn opposite Mila Kunis, plus The Butler with a super All-Star Cast including Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, James Marsden, Alan Rickman, Forest Whitaker and many more.
Watch a quick Clip I captured of Williams and his Toronto Fans: