Denis Villeneuve $ 30 million a dark crime thriller Prisoners is a solid start to the North American box office thanks to strong reviews and the attention of an adult .
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Fully financed and produced by Alcon Entertainment , starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal is expected to reach $ 20 million for the weekend , good enough for a first-place finish . Warner Bros. to distribute the film , which opened around the same corridor that is used to launch studio Argo Ben Affleck last year .
Also starring Viola Davis , Maria Bello , Terrence Howard and Paul Dano , Prisoners tells the story of two families whose daughters were kidnapped . Jackman 's character , the father of one of the girls , began to clash with the police detective in charge of the investigation ( Gyllenhaal ) and took matters into his own hands .
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Prisoners make its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this month before heading to the Toronto Film Festival .
2 Insidious , which opened to $ 40.3 million gala last weekend , is expected to take $ 15 million to $ 16 million in the second outing , a strong number for the film genre and puts the film at No. 2 . Through Thursday , Insidious 2 has grossed $ 46.4 million for FilmDistrict star and producer .
Overall box -office revenue is not expected to be hurt by this week the release of the video game Grand Theft Auto V - which has racked up unprecedented $ 1 billion in worldwide sales in the first three days of release - because no new offers straight away after the video game audience . Prisoners are being billed as an adult drama , while Sony / Screen Gems ' Chris Brown 3D dance movie Battle of the Year will serve young women .