Insidious Chapter 2 terrorized audiences and scared its way to not only a box office victory, but a September record. It’s an all-time high for a live action movie to open in September -- only Hotel Transylvania opened higher. The sequel to Insidious also kept horror’s hot streak going and got director James Wan his second number one debut this year, after The Conjuring won its weekend this past summer.
The other new film to open this weekend, the Robert De Niro-starring The Family, came in second with a $14.5 million haul, followed by Riddick in third with $7 million. The Vin Diesel-starring franchise flick has banked a total of $31.3 million, leaving us to wonder if there will be a fourth film as Diesel and filmmaker David Twohy wish.
Landing in fourth place and breaking that coveted $100 million mark is Lee Daniels’ The Butler. The story of the White House butler who served seven presidents earned another $5.6 million this past weekend.
Closing out the top five is the comedy that won’t quit, teased in this sizzling We’re the Millers red band trailer. The Jennifer Aniston-Jason Sudeikis-starring vehicle earned $5.4 million for a total gross of $131.6 million.
Also of note, the independent film that caught insiders by surprise, Instructions Not Included, continued its hot run with a sixth place finish. It made $4.3 million to bring its out-of-nowhere total to $26.5 million.
Box Office Top 10:
1. Insidious Chapter Two, $41.1 million
2. The Family, $14.5 million
3. Riddick, $7 million
4. The Butler, $5.6 million
5. We’re the Millers, $5.4 million
6. Instructions Not Included, $4.2 million
7. Planes, $3.1 million
8. One Direction: This Is Us, $2.4 million
9. Elysium, $2.1 million
10. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, $1.8 million