Horror flick 'Insidious 2' jolts box office with $41 million

Actors Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson arrive for the premiere of their new film "Insidious Chapter 2" in Los Angeles
Actors Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson arrive for the premiere of their new film "Insidious: Chapter 2" in Los Angeles, California September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Low-budget horror sequel "Insidious: Chapter 2" grabbed moviegoers searching for a Friday the 13th scare, winning the U.S. and Canadian box office race over The Robert De Niro comedy "The Family."

The fright flick about a family haunted by spirits pulled in more than $41 million in ticket sales in its first three days, according to studio estimates on Sunday. About $20 million came on its Friday the 13th release date.

"The Family" finished in second place with $14.5 million over the weekend. The movie features De Niro as a mob boss whose family relocates to France under the witness protection program.

Last weekend's box office champ, sci-fi sequel "Riddick," fell to third place with $7 million in ticket sales. The movie stars Vin Diesel as an intergalactic traveler who can see in the dark.

Privately held FilmDistrict released "Insidious: Chapter 2." "The Family" was distributed by privately held Relativity Media. "Riddick" was released by Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud; Editing by Bill Trott)