Monday, May 27, 2024

Box Office: Hugh Jackman “Prisoners” has $7 Mil Opening


The very intense thriller “Prisoners” took in $7 million last night. It’s headed for a $20 mi opening weekend, which ain’t bad. Hugh Jackman heads up a strong cast that features Viola Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard and Maria Bello. Denis Villeneuve directed. “Prisoners” has some plot holes, but if you suspend disbelief it’s a captivating night at the movies. Elsewhere both “Enough Said” and the amazing “Rush” opened strong in limited release. Each is going to be a hit when they expand to meaningful numbers of theaters. “Rush” is a potential Oscar contender, with director, screenplay, Picture, and supporting actor (Daniel Bruhl).

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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