LOS ANGELES — Moviegoers had an appetite for fright this weekend, sending "Insidious: Chapter 2" to the top of the box office.
The haunted-house horror sequel debuted in first place with $41 million, more than tripling the opening take of the 2010 original.
Debuting on Friday the 13th, FilmDistrict's "Insidious: Chapter 2" scored the highest September opening day ever, said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com.
"It was a perfect release date for this movie," he said. "James Wan has cracked the code on making great horror movies."
The director had another first-place opener earlier this summer with the "The Conjuring," another haunted-house thriller starring Patrick Wilson. Wilson returns in "Insidious 2," playing a husband and father with some scary personal baggage.