‘Prisoners’ Could Be the Next ‘Argo’ at the Box Office – If ‘Gravity’ Doesn’t ‘Chop the Legs Off’

While the triumph of “Prisoners” at the box office this weekend was a foregone conclusion, its potential in the weeks ahead remains a puzzle for Warner Bros. and rival studios.

Could it mimic past fall breakouts and ride strong word-of-mouth to $100 million? Or will it fizzle out?

When Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman spoke with TheWrap on Sunday, he compared the movie’s opening to recent early fall breakouts “Looper,” “Moneyball,” and “Argo.” Its $21 million haul topped the openings of all three of those movies, each of which grossed more than $110 million worldwide by the end of their theatrical runs.




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