Just two months after his horror movie The Conjuring opened with $41.8 million, Saw co-creator James Wan was back behind the camera of his first sequel, Insidious Chapter 2 (FilmDistrict), once again starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey and Wan's screenwriting partner Leigh Whannell, and it proved to be just as big a hit.
It opened on Thursday night with previews that brought in $1.5 million, but it really exploded on its well-selected Friday the 13th opening day with $20.1 million. The anticipation for the sequel as well as its opening day accounted for the movie's frontloading, going by the studio's three-day weekend estimate of $41 million, which still makes it the second-highest opener for September as well as the second-biggest horror opening for the year just behind The Conjuring.
Neither movie surpassed the opening for the third installment of Blumhouse Productions' flagship horror franchise Paranormal Activity 3 and its record-setting horror opening of $52.5 million, but both opened bigger than the movies in that series that preceded and followed it.
Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones were the three big name veterans starring in the Luc Besson's crime-action flick The Family (Relativity), which opened in 3,091 theaters on Friday to take 2nd place with $14.5 million for the weekend.
Vin Diesel's return as Riddick (Universal) took a nasty plunge in its second weekend, dropping 63% to 3rd place with just $7 million and $31.3 million grossed in its first ten days.
The weekend saw a fairly close race for fourth place, but Lee Daniels' The Butler (The Weinstein Company) came out slightly ahead of the R-rated road comedy We're the Millers (New Line/WB) with $5.6 million to the latter's $5.4 million. The Weinsteins' historic drama looks to achieve the $100 million milestone including Sunday estimates while "Millers" has grossed $131.6 million since opening in early August. Check the rest of the list for the remainder of the top 12 films in theaters and we'll be back on friday with the latest batch of movie releases for you to check out !
|1||-||Insidious Chapter 2||FilmDistrict|
|2||-||The Family||Relativity Media|
|4||2||Lee Daniels' The Butler||The Weinstein Company|
|5||4||We're the Millers||New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)|
|6||3||Instructions Not Included||Lionsgate (Pantelion Films)|
|7||5||Disney's Planes||Walt Disney Pictures|
|8||6||One Direction: This Is Us New Extended Fan Cut||TriStar Pictures (Sony)|
|9||7||Elysium||TriStar Pictures (Sony)|
|10||8||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||20th Century Fox|
|11||9||Blue Jasmine||Sony Pictures Classics|
|12||10||The World's End||Focus Features|