Prisoners

Prisoners poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $61,002,302Details
International Box Office $52,400,000
Worldwide Box Office $113,402,302
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $10,246,863 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $5,704,938 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $15,951,801
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Synopsis

How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The best lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics
82% - Certified Fresh
Audience
87% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$46,000,000
Theatrical Release: September 20th, 2013 (Wide) by Warner Bros.
Video Release: December 17th, 2013 by Warner Home Video
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout.
(Rating bulletin 2286, 8/21/2013)
Keywords: Kidnap, Police Procedural, Vigilante, Sex Crimes, Missing Person, Surprise Twist, Revenge, Religious, Tortured for Information
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Thriller/Suspense
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Alcon Entertainment, 8:38 Productions, Madhouse Entertainment

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 17th, 2013

It's a busy week with eight or so first-run releases. (It depends on if you count the The Sound of Music Live! as a first-run release.) However, none of them were big hits at the box office. Some of them made enough money to break even sometime on the home market, others struggled more than that, but none were breakout hits. Some of these are still worth picking up. For others, there's a reason they struggled. There are also a few TV on DVD releases this week that are worth picking up, as well as a few limited releases that are strong. All in all, it's a good week on the home market with many DVD and Blu-rays that are worth picking up, some of which I'm looking forward to reviewing... when they show up. This time of year, getting screeners on time tends to be a little harder. I think Burn Notice: Season Seven is the top selection, but I'll have to wait for the screener to make sure. On a side note, next Tuesday is Christmas eve, so there won't be a DVD and Blu-ray Release report. There's only four films worth talking about anyway, so I'm including them on this list. Of next week's films, More Than Honey on DVD or Blu-ray is the Pick of Next Week. More...

International Box Office: Gravity Grows

Gravity earned first place for the fourth week with $37.7 million on 7,340 screens in 53 markets for a total of $164.4 million internationally and $364.0 million worldwide. This weekend it debuted in first place in France with a very impressive $10.76 million on 398 screens. It also remained in first place in South Korea with $5.29 million on 531 screens over the weekend for a two-week total of $15.55 million. It also repeated in top spot in Mexico with $3.79 million on 1,563 screens over the weekend for a total of $12.04 million after two. The film will likely pull in close to $100 million in just these holdovers, plus it has yet to open in the U.K., Japan and China, so it could make another $100 million in those three markets as well. More...

International Box Office: Gravity Orbits a Milestone

For the third weekend in a row, Gravity led the way on the international chart and reached a major milestone in the process. This past weekend, it pulled in $33.5 million on 7,900 screens in 51 markets for an international total of $114.2 million and a worldwide total $283.8 million. It opened in first place in two major markets led by South Korea where it earned $6.30 million on 636 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $7.29 million. Meanwhile in Mexico, it made $5.75 million on 1,783 screens. Its biggest market overall is Russia where it has earned $17.60 million in total, including $2.19 million on 700 screens this past weekend. More...

International Box Office: Gravity Stable On Top

Gravity remained in first place with a nearly identical result as last weekend. It was up a barely noticeable amount to $28.5 million on 5,785 screens in 38 markets for a two-week total of $68.3 million internationally. This hold is even more impressive, as its only major market debut came in Brazil, where it opened in second place with $1.67 million on 219 screens. On the other hand, it was down just 9% in Australia with $3.03 million on 471 screens over the weekend for a two-week total of $8.29 million. It fell a little more in Germany down 17% to $3.04 million on 614 screens over the weekend for a two-week total of $8.12 million. In both of those markets, it remained in first place. It fell faster in Russia down 48% landing in second place with $3.88 million on 1,155 million screens over the weekend for a total of $14.12 million after two weeks of release. More...

Weekend Predictions: Gravity has the Weight to Win

There are two films opening wide this week: Gravity and Runner Runner. However, while the two films share a release date, they are at the opposite ends when it comes to box office potential and critical acclaim. Gravity should have an easy time winning the race for the top of the box office chart, and if its reviews can translate into Awards Season buzz, then it should have very strong legs. On the other hand, many analysts expect Runner Runner to stumble out of the gate and disappear before the end of the month. This weekend last year, Taken 2 opened with just under $50 million, which is too much for Gravity to match. Frankenweenie earned $11 million during its opening weekend, which is a figure Runner Runner should match, but might not. Overall, 2013 looks a lot weaker than 2012 was. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Partially Cloudy

It wasn't a great weekend at the box office, as four of the five films in the top five missed expectations. On the other hand, no film in the top five really bombed, so it wasn't a bad weekend either. It was solidly mediocre. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opened in top spot with just over $34 million. This was better than its predecessor opened with, but below the lofty expectations. Overall, the box office pulled in $109 million over the weekend, which was 26% higher than last weekend. On the other hand, it was 9% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2013 still has a lead over 2012, but it has shrunk a little bit over the past two weeks. After this weekend, the lead was down to 1.2%, or $7.90 billion to $7.81 billion. It's not reason to panic, yet, but an extended losing streak late in the year is harder to recover from than one that happens in spring. More...

Weekend Predictions: Blue Skies Ahead

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 leads a group of four wide releases (three wide releases and a wide expansion, if you want to get technical). It should have no problem being the biggest hit of the weekend. It has a good chance of having the biggest opening weekend of the month. The other films coming out this week will be fighting for a smaller portion of the overall box office, but that's to weak competition, all should grab a spot in the top five. Last year, September ended with Hotel Transylvania, which debuted with $42.52 million; that's a good target for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Second place went to Looper, which pulled in $20.80 million. That will top any of the other new releases coming out this week, but I'm hoping there will be better depth this year and 2013 can eke out a win. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Prisoners Lead Weakened Box Office

The top five at the box office lived up to expectations, more or less. Prisoners were on the high end of expectations, while Battle of the Year opened on the low end. Some holdovers, like Insidious Chapter 2, sank faster than expected, while Instructions Not Included defied all logic and returned to the top five. Overall, the box office fell 16% to $87 million. This was 4% lower than last year, ending 2013's impressive winning streak. Year-to-date, 2013 is still ahead of 2013 by just over $100 million at $7.77 billion to $7.66 billion. More...

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Weekend Predictions: Prisoners Free to Capture Top Spot

There might be a close race at the box office this weekend. The buzz surrounding Prisoners is growing enough that it should earn first place, but Insidious Chapter 2 might hold on well enough to challenge the newcomer for top spot. The other new release for the week is Battle of the Year, which is opening in fewer theaters than I thought it would and with much worse reviews. It likely won't be a factor. In fact, there's a slim chance that the 3-D re-release of The Wizard of Oz will earn more this weekend than Battle of the Year will. The best new releases from this week last year was End of Watch, which only managed $13.15 million. This is close to what it cost to make, but it is low for a number one film. On the other hand, last year had much better depth than this year will have, so 2013's winning streak might come to an end. More...

Contest: Home and Alone

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2013 Preview: September

August ended, and we should be very grateful for that. Lee Daniels' The Butler was a surprise hit, while We're the Millers did better than expected. However, most other films that were expected to be solid hits failed to live up to expectations. Fortunately, August of 2012 was even worse, so 2013 regained the lead on the year-to-year comparison during the month. Looking forward, there is exactly one film that will likely become more than a midlevel hit in September: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. That film has a chance to reach $100 million in total. Most of the rest of the new releases will be lucky if they get halfway there. Fortunately, September of 2012 was even worse. Hotel Transylvania was a surprise hit, earning nearly $150 million, and there were a few others that topped $50 million, but there were also several outright bombs. If we can avoid those types of bombs, then 2013 should continue its winning streak. More...

Cast

Hugh Jackman    Keller Dover
Jake Gyllenhaal    Detective Loki
Viola Davis    Nancy Birch
Maria Bello    Grave Dover
Terrence Howard    Franklin Birch
Melissa Leo    Holly Jones
Paul Dano    Alex Jones
Dylan Minnette    Palph Dover
Zoe Soul    Eliza Birch
Erin Gerasimovich    Anna Dover
Kyla-Drew Simmons    Joy Birch
Wayne Duvall    Captain Richard O'Malley
Len Cariou    Father Patrick Dunn
David Dastmalchian    Bob Taylor
Brad James    Officer Carter
Anthony Reynolds    Officer Wedge
Robert Treveiler    Forensics Guy
Sandra Ellis Lafferty    Mrs. Milland
Victoria Staley    Check Out Girl
Todd Trurley    Detective Schemelinski
Brian Daye    Desk Sergeant
Alisa Harris    Police Clerk
Robert Mello    Roger
Jeff Pope    Sex Offender #1
Rodrick Goins    Sex Offender #2
Mark Drum    Sex Offender #3
Lana Yoo    Chinese Waitress
Pam Smith    Police Station Reporter #1
Gloria Webber    Police Station Reporter #2
Michelle Keller    Voman at Vigil
John Atwood    Newscaster
Stacy Melich    Woman Motorist
J. Omar Castro    Cop in Hospital
Jane McNeill    Nurse

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Denis Villeneuve
Screenwriter    Aaron Guzikowski
Producer    Broderick Johnson
Producer    Kira Davis
Producer    Andrew A. Kosove
Producer    Adam Kolbrenner
Executive Producer    Edward L. McDonnall
Executive Producer    John H. Starke
Executive Producer    Robyn Meisinger
Executive Producer    Mark Wahlberg
Executive Producer    Stephen Levinson
Co-Producer    Steven P. Wegner
Director of Photography    Roger Deakins
Production Designer    Patrice Vermette
Editor    Joel Cox
Editor    Gary D. Roach
Costume Designer    Renee April
Music Supervisor    Deva Anderson
Composer    Johann Johannsson
Stunt Coordinator    Steven Ritzi
Casting    Kerry Barden
Casting    Paul Schnee
Unit Production Manager    Gregor Wilson
Unit Production Manager    John H. Starke
First Assistant Director    Donald L. Sparks
Second Assistant Director    Karen Davis
Art Director    Paul Kelly
Set Designer    Mayumi Konishi-Valentine
Set Designer    Aaron Linker
Make Up Deptartment Head    Donald Mowat
Make-up and Hair Designer    Peter Tothpal
Post-Production Supervisor    Brad Arensman
Supervising Sound Editor    Alan Robert Murray
Sound Designer    Tom Ozanich
Dialogue Editor    Paul Apted
Dialogue Editor    Hugo Weng
Re-recording Mixer    John Reitz
Re-recording Mixer    Gregg Rudloff
Music Editor    Joseph S. DeBeasi
Visual Effects Producer    Darin Mailett
Visual Effects Supervisor    Phil Feiner

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/09/20 1 $6,974,348   3,260 $2,139   $6,974,348 1
2013/09/21 1 $8,995,489 +29% 3,260 $2,759   $15,969,837 2
2013/09/22 1 $4,847,216 -46% 3,260 $1,487   $20,817,053 3
2013/09/23 1 $1,658,359 -66% 3,260 $509   $22,475,412 4
2013/09/24 1 $2,177,311 +31% 3,260 $668   $24,652,723 5
2013/09/25 1 $1,603,054 -26% 3,260 $492   $26,255,777 6
2013/09/26 1 $1,428,155 -11% 3,260 $438   $27,683,932 7
2013/09/27 3 $3,369,126 +136% 3,290 $1,024   $31,053,058 8
2013/09/28 2 $4,912,019 +46% 3,290 $1,493   $35,965,077 9
2013/09/29 2 $2,584,117 -47% 3,290 $785   $38,549,194 10
2013/09/30 2 $852,111 -67% 3,290 $259   $39,401,305 11
2013/10/01 2 $1,122,032 +32% 3,290 $341   $40,523,337 12
2013/10/02 2 $862,457 -23% 3,290 $262   $41,385,794 13
2013/10/03 2 $794,174 -8% 3,290 $241   $42,179,968 14
2013/10/04 4 $1,735,412 +119% 3,236 $536   $43,915,380 15
2013/10/05 4 $2,550,059 +47% 3,236 $788   $46,465,439 16
2013/10/06 4 $1,462,993 -43% 3,236 $452   $47,928,432 17
2013/10/07 4 $488,419 -67% 3,236 $151   $48,416,851 18
2013/10/08 4 $612,156 +25% 3,236 $189   $49,029,007 19
2013/10/09 4 $468,398 -23% 3,236 $145   $49,497,405 20
2013/10/10 4 $457,474 -2% 3,236 $141   $49,954,879 21
2013/10/11 6 $1,052,594 +130% 2,855 $369   $51,007,473 22
2013/10/12 4 $1,575,822 +50% 2,855 $552   $52,583,295 23
2013/10/13 5 $1,006,976 -36% 2,855 $353   $53,590,271 24
2013/10/14 5 $566,209 -44% 2,855 $198   $54,156,480 25
2013/10/15 5 $392,319 -31% 2,855 $137   $54,548,799 26
2013/10/16 5 $329,134 -16% 2,855 $115   $54,877,933 27
2013/10/17 5 $316,225 -4% 2,855 $111   $55,194,158 28
2013/10/18 6 $622,961 +97% 2,160 $288   $55,817,119 29
2013/10/19 6 $940,141 +51% 2,160 $435   $56,757,260 30
2013/10/20 6 $501,133 -47% 2,160 $232   $57,258,393 31
2013/10/21 6 $178,028 -64% 2,160 $82   $57,436,421 32
2013/10/22 6 $254,278 +43% 2,160 $118   $57,690,699 33
2013/10/23 6 $194,006 -24% 2,160 $90   $57,884,705 34
2013/10/24 6 $174,357 -10% 2,160 $81   $58,059,062 35
2013/10/25 10 $320,748 +84% 1,347 $238   $58,379,810 36
2013/10/26 10 $487,629 +52% 1,347 $362   $58,867,439 37
2013/10/27 10 $259,962 -47% 1,347 $193   $59,127,401 38
2013/10/28 10 $94,035 -64% 1,347 $70   $59,221,436 39
2013/10/29 10 $126,433 +34% 1,347 $94   $59,347,869 40
2013/10/30 10 $92,310 -27% 1,347 $69   $59,440,179 41
2013/10/31 11 $108,428 +17% 1,347 $80   $59,548,607 42
2013/11/01 - $114,354 +5% 465 $246   $59,662,961 43
2013/11/02 - $191,344 +67% 465 $411   $59,854,305 44
2013/11/03 - $95,580 -50% 465 $206   $59,949,885 45
2013/11/04 - $31,956 -67% 465 $69   $59,981,841 46
2013/11/05 - $47,143 +48% 465 $101   $60,028,984 47
2013/11/06 - $31,733 -33% 465 $68   $60,060,717 48
2013/11/07 - $29,295 -8% 465 $63   $60,090,012 49
2013/11/08 - $49,170 +68% 225 $219   $60,139,182 50
2013/11/09 - $81,221 +65% 225 $361   $60,220,403 51
2013/11/10 - $48,685 -40% 225 $216   $60,269,088 52
2013/11/11 - $22,955 -53% 225 $102   $60,292,043 53
2013/11/12 - $21,536 -6% 225 $96   $60,313,579 54
2013/11/13 - $13,567 -37% 225 $60   $60,327,146 55
2013/11/14 - $14,923 +10% 225 $66   $60,342,069 56
2013/11/15 - $70,505 +372% 355 $199   $60,412,574 57
2013/11/16 - $110,320 +56% 355 $311   $60,522,894 58
2013/11/17 - $60,834 -45% 355 $171   $60,583,728 59
2013/11/18 - $21,100 -65% 355 $59   $60,604,828 60
2013/11/19 - $29,551 +40% 355 $83   $60,634,379 61
2013/11/20 - $22,454 -24% 355 $63   $60,656,833 62
2013/11/21 - $18,834 -16% 355 $53   $60,675,667 63
2013/11/22 - $39,021 +107% 255 $153   $60,714,688 64
2013/11/23 - $56,976 +46% 255 $223   $60,771,664 65
2013/11/24 - $33,422 -41% 255 $131   $60,805,086 66
2013/11/25 - $14,371 -57% 255 $56   $60,819,457 67
2013/11/26 - $20,573 +43% 255 $81   $60,840,030 68
2013/11/27 - $16,750 -19% 255 $66   $60,856,780 69
2013/11/28 - $13,400 -20% 255 $53   $60,870,180 70
2013/11/29 - $32,981 +146% 203 $162   $60,903,161 71
2013/11/30 - $38,643 +17% 203 $190   $60,941,804 72
2013/12/01 - $21,074 -45% 203 $104   $60,962,878 73
2013/12/02 - $9,251 -56% 203 $46   $60,972,129 74
2013/12/03 - $11,581 +25% 203 $57   $60,983,710 75
2013/12/04 - $9,617 -17% 203 $47   $60,993,327 76
2013/12/05 - $8,975 -7% 203 $44   $61,002,302 77

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/09/20 1 $20,817,053   3,260 $6,386   $20,817,053 3
2013/09/27 2 $10,865,262 -48% 3,290 $3,303   $38,549,194 10
2013/10/04 4 $5,748,464 -47% 3,236 $1,776   $47,928,432 17
2013/10/11 6 $3,635,392 -37% 2,855 $1,273   $53,590,271 24
2013/10/18 6 $2,064,235 -43% 2,160 $956   $57,258,393 31
2013/10/25 10 $1,068,339 -48% 1,347 $793   $59,127,401 38
2013/11/01 19 $401,278 -62% 465 $863   $59,949,885 45
2013/11/08 22 $179,076 -55% 225 $796   $60,269,088 52
2013/11/15 21 $241,659 +35% 355 $681   $60,583,728 59
2013/11/22 24 $129,419 -46% 255 $508   $60,805,086 66
2013/11/29 30 $92,698 -28% 203 $457   $60,962,878 73

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
12/22/201316168,210 168,210$2,721,638$2,721,6381
12/29/201312125,083-26% 293,293$1,928,780$4,650,4182
1/5/20141088,958-29% 382,251$1,333,480$5,983,8983
1/12/20141444,054-50% 426,305$660,369$6,644,2684
1/19/20141827,138-38% 453,443$418,468$7,062,7365
1/26/20142320,402-25% 473,845$307,254$7,369,9906
2/2/20142317,194-16% 491,039$257,738$7,627,7287
2/16/20142428,386 538,542$425,506$8,339,7989
2/23/20142521,403-25% 559,945$397,882$8,737,67910
3/2/20142617,069-20% 577,014$324,140$9,061,82011

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
12/22/20131796,090 96,090$2,172,584$2,172,5841
12/29/20131955,930-42% 152,020$1,379,239$3,551,8232
1/5/20141231,370-44% 183,390$667,866$4,219,6893
1/12/20141516,551-47% 199,941$396,072$4,615,7614

Prisoners Trailer

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