In second place this weekend was last week's #1, Prisoners. The kidnapping drama, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal took in another $11.2 million. That's enough for a total of $38.9 million after a 46% drop from last weekend. The Oscar contender could keep the word of mouth strong going into the October month and come out with as much as $75 million. Sadly, Ron Howard's Rush finished in third place this weekend with a disappointing $10.3 million. The film did receive an "A-" Cinemascore, which indicates that it could hold strong in the future, but I know that Universal had higher hopes. I absolutely loved the movie, and will post a review soon.
Fourth place belonged to Fox Searchlight's Baggage Claim, a critically panned romantic comedy from director David Talbert starring Paula Patton. The film, targeted at African-American audiences, took in a total of $9.3 million, along with an "A-" Cinemascore. That's a solid start for what I assume was a modestly budgeted film. In fifth place was without a doubt, the most disappointing and most unsurprising opening of the weekend, the $9 million grossed by Don Jon. That's not a terrible start for the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But what is truly terrible is the "C+" Cinemascore that audiences gave the film. Don Jon is a dramedy about porn that was marketed as a romcom. Now it will pay the price.
Farther down the line was Insidious-Chapter 2 in sixth place. The horror film grossed $6.7 million, raising its total to $69.5 million. The Family also held strong with $3.6 million in seventh place for a total of $31.6 million. Instructions Not Included became the highest grossing Spanish language film ever in the US with a $3.3 million weekend in eighth place for a total of $38.5 million. We're the Millers took in another $2.8 million in ninth place to raise its impressive total to $142.4 million. And finally, Lee Daniels' The Butler grabbed another $2.4 million in tenth place to raise its total to $110.2 million. Also the James Gandolfini-starred Enough Said grossed $2.1 million in a limited expansion and Metallica Through the Never grossed $1.6 million on IMAX screens before an expansion next weekend.
Next weekend sees the expansion of Metallica Through the Never, Runner Runner and the highly anticipated Gravity. Here are my predictions:
1. Gravity- $46.5 million
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2- $20 million
3. Runner Runner- $14.7 million
4. Rush- $7.2 million
5. Prisoners- $7.1 million
6. Metallica Through the Never- $6.5 million
7. Baggage Claim- $6 million
8. Don Jon- $4.9 million
9. Insidious Chapter 2- $4.1 million
10. The Family- $2.5 million