Viola Davis, Terrence Howard in a scene from "Prisoners"

Viola Davis, Terrence Howard in a scene from “Prisoners”

*The kidnapping drama “Prisoners,” featuring Viola Davis and Terrence Howard, kicked off Hollywood’s fall season with $21.4 million to lead the weekend box office.

The Warner Bros. thriller, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, is among the first fall films with Oscar aspirations to open in theaters, according to The Hollywood Reporter. For a serious, adult-oriented drama that cost $30 million to make, it was a strong debut, notes the trade magazine.

Last week’s top film, “Insidious: Chapter 2,” slid to second place for FilmDistrict. The horror film made $14.5 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. It has made $60.9 million in two weeks domestically.

Chris Brown (front) in "Battle of the Year"

Chris Brown (front) in “Battle of the Year”

The Chris Brown dance film “Battle of the Year” opened poorly for Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems, taking in only $5 million to earn fifth at the box office.

Here’s the partial Top Ten list based on weekend estimates:

1. Prisoners (Alcon/Warner Bros) NEW [Runs 3,260] R
Friday $7.0M, Saturday $9.0M, Weekend $21.4M

2. Insidious: Chapter 2 (FilmDistrict) Week 2 [Runs 3,155] PG13
Friday $4.6M, Saturday $6.3M, Weekend $14.2M (65%), Cume $50.5M

3. The Family (Relativity) Week 2 [Runs 3,091] R
Friday $2.0M, Saturday $3.1M, Weekend $7.0M (-50%), Cume $25.6M

4. Instructions Not Included (Lionsgate) Week 4 [Runs 978] PG13
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $2.0M, Weekend $5.7M, Cume $34.2M

5. Battle Of The Year (Screen Gems/Sony) NEW [Runs 2,008] PG13
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.0M, Weekend $4.6M

6. We’re The Millers (New Line/Warner Bros) Week 7 [Runs 3,008] R
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $2.1M, Weekend $4.5M, Cume $138.0M

7. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Weinstein) Week 6 [Runs 2,931] PG13
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $2.0M, Weekend $4.3M, Cume $106.4M

8. Riddick (Universal) Week 3 [Runs 3,022] R
Friday $1.0M, Saturday , Weekend $3.4M, Cume $37.0M

9. Wizard of Oz: IMAX 3D (Warner Bros) NEW [Runs 318] PG
Friday $751K, Saturday , Weekend $2.8M

10. Planes (Disney) Week 7 [Runs 2,446] PG
Friday $531K, Saturday , Weekend $2.5M, Cume $86.2M

Rush (Imagine/Universal) NEW [Runs 5] R
Friday $66K, Saturday , Weekend $223K

Enough Said (Fox Searchlight) Week 1 [Runs 4] PG13
Friday $62K, Saturday , Weekend $210K, Cume $263K