In spite of its difficult subject material, Warner Bros. kidnapping drama Prisoners easily took first place at the box office this weekend, opening to $21.4 million.
Film District’s horror sequel Insidious Chapter 2 brought in $14.5 million over its sophomore weekend for a total of $60.9 million, which is more than the first Insidious made in its entire run.
In third place, Luc Besson's The Family, distributed by Relativity Media, brought in $7 million for a total of $25.6 million.
Lionsgate’s Spanish-language family comedy Instructions Not Included came in fourth place with $5.7 million, bringing the surprise hit’s total to $34.3 million.
In its third week out, Universal’s Riddick came in eighth place at the domestic box office, taking in $3.7 million for total of $37.2 million.
Playing at 318 IMAX locations this weekend, the Warner Bros. 3D re-release of 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz took ninth place with $3.02 million. That's way above previous 3D re-release Top Gun 3D ($1.97 million), and also above last September's IMAX re-release of Raiders of the Lost Ark ($1.67 million).
Disney’s Planes, now in its seventh week at the box office, came in at number 10, earning $2.9 million for a domestic total of $86.5 million.
The foreign box office was dominated by a few family movies. Sony’s The Smurfs 2 led the way with $14.1 million; the CG-hybrid family film added $5.3 million in its second weekend in China, and opened to a solid $2.8 million in Italy. To date, The Smurfs 2 has earned $238.4 million overseas.
DreamWorks Animation's Turbo fueled up with $12.4 million this weekend, a huge part of which came from its $9.8 million debut in China. It also opened to $1.4 million in Australia. To date, Turbo has grossed $91.6 million overseas.
Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 added $10.3 million to its coffers this weekend. The animated sequel has now earned $493.3 million overseas; including its domestic tally, the film has made an incredible $854 million worldwide.
Sony’s Elysium continued its solid foreign run with $10.3 million this weekend, bringing the sci-fi film’s international total to $157.6 million.
James Wan’s The Conjuring also extended its remarkable run this weekend, adding $10.1 million. So far the horror hit has earned $149.2 million overseas, and is on track to close with over $300 million worldwide.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com .