Insidious Chapter 2 enjoys one of the best horror debuts in US history
Story by Jack Foley
HORROR sequel Insidious Chapter 2 has set one of the best horror debuts of all-time at the US box office and the second best September opening to boot.
The film, directed by James Wan and bringing back original stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, took a massive $41 million in ticket sales, way ahead of pre-weekend expectations and more than three times the business of the first Insidious, which debuted to $13.3 million in April 2011.
What’s more, it cost only $5 million to produce.
The current record holder for a September debut was last year’s animated hit Hotel Transylvania, which opened to $42.5 million.
Insidious 2 follows the Lambert family as they seek to understand the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
Elsewhere at the US box office, another new release – the veteran-laden The Family – opened to $14.5 million.
The dark mob comedy is directed by Luc Besson (of Leon fame) and stars Tommy Lee Jones, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film follows Mafia boss Fred Blake (De Niro) as he enters Witness Protection with his family after snitching on the mob only to keep getting into trouble after being relocated to a sleepy town in France. Jones plays a government agent trying to keep them in line.
Although the opening wasn’t as high as had been predicted, it did represent one of De Niro’s best openings in recent years outside of the Meet The Parents franchise.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler continued to perform well, taking a further $5.6 million to hit the $100 million mark in the US. The historical drama stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey and is based on a true story.
Another holdover, Riddick, starring Vin Diesel, took third spot in its second weekend with an estimated $7 million.