Magazine article Screen International

Insidious 2 Owns US on $41.1M

Magazine article Screen International

Insidious 2 Owns US on $41.1M

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A sensational number one launch for Insidious: Chapter 2 through FilmDistrict put the horror sequel immediately in profit for the filmmakers and established James Wan unquestionably as the preeminent commercial horror director following summer smash The Conjuring.

Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Ty Simpkins reprise their roles as the unfortunate haunted Lambert family and Wan returns to the director's chair. The first film opened in 2011 through FilmDistrict and grossed $54m and $97m worldwide.

Overall box office for the top 12 gained 37% on the previous weekend and 24% on the same session in 2012.

Relativity-EuropaCorp's crime comedy co-production The Family arrived at number two on $14.5m. Luc Besson directed Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as parents of a Mafia family relocated to France under a witness protection programme.

Last weekend's number one Riddick fell two places through Universal and added $7m for $31.3m. Lee Daniel's The Butler finally crossed $100m through TWC in its fifth weekend.

SPC opened Saudi Arabia's first foreign language Oscar submission Wadjda on $40,500 from three for a strong $13,500 per-site average.

Next weekend's wide releases are Warner Bros' acclaimed crime thriller Prisoners from Alcon Entertainment starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by French-Canadian Denis Villeneuve. …

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