Insidious: Chapter 2, the low-budget horror sequel, took first place in U.S. and Canadian theaters with about $40 million last weekend.
The Family, a mobster comedy with Robert De Niro, garnered $14 million to take second place in its debut, Hollywood.com said. The Butler surpassed $100 million in its fifth week in theaters, and This Is the End reached $100.4 million in its 14th week.
With Insidious: Chapter 2, director James Wan returns to theaters tapping into the same appetite for horror that brought audiences out to see his earlier films, including this year’s The Conjuring and 2004’s The Saw. Made for an estimated $5 million, the second Insidious was projected to take in $40 million by Box-Office.com.
“This was just an amazing performance,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com. “For films that can create their budgets modestly, like Insidious: Chapter 2, September can be a great month to take advantage of.”
Insidious: Chapter 2 features the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. The movie, which derives themes from classics including Poltergeist, The Exorcist and The Shining, opened after mixed reviews last week.
“This busy-yet-dull sequel feels like Wan robotically flexing his manipulation of fright-film signposts, an exercise more silly than sinister,” wrote Robert Abele in the Los Angeles Times.
Insidious, the 2011 original, also from Film District, was made for $1.5 million and collected $97 million in theaters worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
The Family, a dark action comedy from Luc Besson, follows the mobbed-up Manzoni clan as De Niro and his co-star, Michelle Pfeiffer, find it hard to drop old habits when the family moves to Normandy, France, underwitness protection. The film was projected to take $9 million by BoxOffice.com. “The movie is a messy brew that is a bit too slack to get all the way to actually being good,” wrote Mark Olsen in the Los Angeles Times.
Among returning films, Universal’s Riddick, the science fiction film starring Vin Diesel, fell to third place from first with about $7 million. The movie, the third in the franchise, stars Diesel as a bounty hunter, left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, who finds himself up against an alien race of predators.
Instruction Not Included, the Spanish-language film from Pantelion Films and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., placed sixth with about $5 million. Starring and directed by Mexican TV star Eugenio Derbez, the movie chronicles the life of an unemployed playboy-turned-Hollywood stuntman who must raise a child by himself.
Weekend revenue for the top 12 films rose 31 percent to $90.3 million from the year-earlier period, Hollywood.com said. Attendance year-to-date is down 1.9 percent, while revenue is up 1.4 percent to $7.9 billion.
MovieStyle, Pages 34 on 09/20/2013
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