It is mentionable that “Prisoners,” the suspense thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, was the top-grossing movie at U.S. and Canadian theaters in its debut with $21.4 million in sales for Warner Bros. “Insidious: Chapter 2” fell to second place with $14.5 million, Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in a statement.
However, the R-rated “Prisoners,” featuring Jackman as a father reacting to his daughter’s kidnapping, generated strong reviews and film-festival buzz in Toronto and Telluride, Colorado. With kids back in school and awards season approaching, Hollywood studios are bringing out films for more mature audiences.
Notably, “Prisoners” was projected to generate $20 million in domestic sales, the estimate of researcher Boxoffice Jackman’s character turns vigilante after police, lacking evidence, let the chief suspect in his daughter’s disappearance go. Gyllenhaal plays the detective keeping tabs on Jackman while investigating the case.
No doubt, Jackman gives the best performance of his career, Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey wrote in a review.[ bloomberg.com ]