Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: September 29, 2013

Sept 29 Box Office - Cloudy 2

This week's box office featured a clear winner, but the battle for spots 2-5 was pretty close.

In at number 1 is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (read our review) with a super-sized $35 million opening. As well, the food-centric sequel improved upon its predecessor's $30 million opening.

Admittedly, the film still has some ground to cover to make back its $78 million budget, but Cloudy 2 is certainly on the right track. It also holds the title of fourth best opening weekend for September.

Prisoners drops to the number 2 spot this weekend with $11.2 million, bringing its domestic total up to $38 million. Despite strong word of mouth, the film dropped a fairly substantial 45% from week 1 to week 2. Even so, Prisoners is still on pace to surpass its $46 million budget and then some.

James Hunt and Niki Lauda in 'Rush'

Now in wide release, Rush (read our review) jumped up to the number 3 spot with $10.3 million, which brings its domestic total up to $10.5 million. Although Rush has the appeal of star Chris Hemsworth and director Ron Howard going for it, the Formula 1 racing subject matter may have been a tough sell to mainstream audiences. It seems pretty likely that the film will make back its $38 million budget, but above that it's hard to tell.

Coming in at number 4 is Baggage Claim (read our review) with $9.3 million. Although not as strong of an opening as previous romantic comedies, Baggage Claim still did well against its competition with a solid $4,558/screen average.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, Don Jon (read our review), opens in the number 5 spot with $9 million. While not a huge opening weekend, Don Jon did better than some other directorial debuts, like Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone ($5 million) and Drew Barrymore's Whip It ($4 million). As a matter of fact, the film has already made back its $6 million budget. Mostly positive reviews combined with a solid opening leads us to believe there's a future in directing for this Gordon-Levitt fellow.

In at number 6 is Insidious Chapter 2 with $6.7 million. Now at $69 million to-date, Insidious 2 is director James Wan's second highest grossing film - behind his other 2013 release The Conjuring ($136 million). Those rankings will surely change come 2014, though, as Wan is helming the next entry in the extremely lucrative Fast and Furious franchise.

Robert De Niro in The Family

Falling to number 7 this weekend is The Family with $3.6 million. The Robert DeNiro action/comedy has now eclipsed its $30M budget with $31 million total.

Instructions Not Included is the number 8 film this weekend with $3.3 million. Although its numbers have tapered off a bit, the film is now the highest grossing Spanish-language film in the States (ahead of Pan's Labyrinth) and the fourth highest grossing foreign language film.

In at number 9 is We're the Millers with $2.8 million. The R-rated raunch-com is up to $142 million in domestic dollars.

Rounding out the top 10 is Lee Daniels' The Butler with $2.4 million. The Oscar-contending film is now up to $110 million.

Outside the top 10: the concert/narrative film Metallica Through the Never, which stars Amazing Spider-Man 2's Dane DeHaan, opened with $1.6 million on 305 screens.


[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, September 30th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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