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article image'Prisoners' escape to the top of the heap

By Tim O'Brien     Sep 22, 2013 in Entertainment
Movies take a backseat to television in Hollywood as the focus is on the Emmy Awards. The Emmys air tonight on CBS, live in all time zones.
Or to be honest, movies could still be taking a backseat to all things football related.
So, "Prisoners" did manage to unseat last week's winner "Insidious Chapter 2." That was expected as the horror film dropped roughly 65 percent in its second weekend out.
With the Emmys Awards being held in Los Angeles tonight (Sept. 22), those headlines and stories will take over the box office talk will be buried today and most likely tomorrow.
But, a link will emerge as James Gandolfini's name will get mentioned at the Emmy Awards. He also is on the big screen in "Enough Said." Although it is a very limited run thus far, his star will not fade yet.
Weekend
1. "Prisoners" - $21.4 million
2. "Insidious Chapter 2" - $14.5 million
3. "The Family" - $7 million
4. "Instructions Not Included" - $5.7 million
5. "Battle of the Year" - $5 million
A buried box office talk may be fine for "Battle of the Year" which proved not to be as "Instructions Not Included, which has been out for a while, beat it.
That familiar trip to Oz returned exclusively to IMAX screen and was also presented in 3D. To think, this movie flopped when it opened in 1939 and now, it still rakes in the cash, 75 years later. It could also qualify as a horror film since, as most would agree, it has its scary moments. That is especially true when a kid watches it for the first time.
The special edition release of "The Wizard of Oz" managed a ninth-place finish with $3 million. For the other limited releases, "Enough Said" did $60,000 per screen average on just four screens. Ron Howard's "Rush" passed the finish line with an impressive $40,000 per screen average on five screens.
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