Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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September 23rd, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

"Prisoners" took top honors at the box office during the weekend of Friday, September 20. The tense thriller earned $21,430,000. When two young girls leave the house for a moment, their families assume that they will be safe. After the girls vanish into thin air, however, their parents' lives end up torn violently apart. A detective on the case attempts to rescue the girls, but time is constantly ticking down. "Prisoners" has an R rating for persistent language, as well as for disturbing violence that includes torture.

"Battle of the Year" saw opening weekend profits of $5 million, landing in fourth place. Dedicated breakdancers train hard all year to perfect their craft. When they gather annually, teams from around the globe compete in an energetic, suspenseful face off. To Dante's chagrin, other countries repeatedly take the crown from the United States. He decides to hire a new coach to lead the American team to victory. The B-boy movie has a PG-13 rating for language and rude behavior.

Continuing Films

"Insidious: Chapter 2" continued to have a strong box office performance. Thanks to profits of $14,500,000, the horror film has earned over $60 million. Following the spooky events of "Insidious" (2010), Renai Lambert is trying to protect her family from hostile and otherworldly forces. Because she can't fully trust her husband, her job is even more difficult. As the Lamberts struggle to break their ties with the spirit world, dark secrets will come to light. Thematic elements and intense sequences of violence and terror contribute to a PG-13 rating.

"The Family" earned $7 million, bringing profits to more than $25 million. After the father of the family becomes a mafia target, the newly renamed "Blake" clan has to go incognito in a French village. Fred, Maggie, Belle, and Warren are trying to get used to their new identities, but they discover that their habits are not as easy to shed as their names. "The Family" has an R rating for violence, language, and brief mature content.

"We're the Millers" earned $4,670,000 during its seventh weekend in theaters. Overall, the comedy has brought in more than $138 million. To the casual observer, the Millers seem like a perfectly nice family. What most people don't realize is that the wholesome family is actually a front for a desperate drug-dealer and a group of his reluctant allies. If the Millers aren't more careful, the authorities could catch on to their deception. "We're the Millers" has an R rating for drug material, language, mature content, and brief graphic nudity.

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" has earned over $106 million so far. This weekend, the historical film earned $4,304,000. As a butler in the White House, Cecil Gaines has seen the nation transform in ways both triumphant and tragic. While he presents one face to his employers, Cecil struggles to deal with personal tensions in his family and within his community. While he watches the country change, Cecil develops his own strength. The movie's PG-13 rating is due to thematic elements, smoking, language, mature content, violence, and disturbing images.

Movies to DVD

"Iron Man 3" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, September 24. Tony Stark's signature confidence is starting to fade. Unfortunately, this is the wrong time for Stark to depart from his usual cocky persona. A terrorist is leaving destruction in his wake, and Stark needs to suit up and take a stand if he wants the people he cares about to survive. "Iron Man 3" has a PG-13 rating for brief suggestive content and intense sci-fi action and violence.

"Redemption" stars Jason Statham as a man without a place to call home. The ex-soldier is on the run, without much to live for. When he has a chance to become involved with a criminal underworld, Joey figures he does not have anything to lose. Before long, he's in way too deep to change his mind. The film's R rating is due to graphic nudity, brutal violence, and language.

"The Kings of Summer" focuses on a group of friends who are just on the brink between childhood and adulthood. Seeking a place to get away from the adults, the teens create a hideout in the forest. Although they have fun at first, the teens soon realize that being a grownup is harder than it looks. Language and teen drinking contribute to an R rating.

"Fill the Void" is a drama about a young woman in Tel Aviv who has a hard choice in front of her. After she loses her older sister, Shira does not have time to grieve. Her family wants Shira to marry her brother-in-law, but this proposition leads to emotional confusion and tension. "Fill the Void" has a PG rating for brief smoking and thematic elements.

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