This just in: Hugh Jackman is a superstar.
That's the big takeaway from this weekend's box office results, as Jackman's new thriller "Prisoners" easily topped the charts with a solid $21.4 million. Backed by an excellent supporting cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano and Melissa Leo, "Prisoners" rode both Jackman's star power and strong pre-release buzz from the Telluride and Toronto film festivals to dominate a fairly slow weekend at the box office.
Of course, it also helped that "Prisoners" didn't have any real competition other than returning champ "Insidious: Chapter 2." But while "Insidious: Chapter 2" delivered a decent $14.5 million, it still suffered the typical dropoff experienced by most frontloaded genre hits, tumbling 64% from last weekend's $41.1 million.
On the other hand, it's better to experience a huge drop in interest during your second weekend as opposed to, you know... before your movie even comes out. That's what happened to this weekend's other new release, Chris Brown's tired dance flick "Battle of the Year," which brought in a paltry $4.6 million in its debut frame despite a media blitz heavily targeting the highly desirable young, urban demographic. Guess Brown got served.
Next weekend should be an interesting litmus test, as Ron Howard's racing flick "Rush" and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sex addiction drama "Don Jon" go up against the animated sequel "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2." For now, though, here's this weekend's box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. "Prisoners" - $21.4m (our review)
2. "Insidious: Chapter 2" - $14.5m (our review)
3. "The Family" - $7m (our review)
4. "Instructions Not Included" - $5.7m
5. "Battle of the Year" - $5m (our review)
6. "We're the Millers" - $4.7m (our review)
7. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" - $4.3m (our review)
8. "Riddick" - $3.7m (our review)
9. "Wizard of Oz - IMAX 3D" - $3m
10. "Planes" - $2.9m (our review)