'Insidious 2' Commands with Friday 13th Opening

Robert Pace
ET Online
'Insidious 2' Commands with Friday 13th Opening

After collecting heaps at the box office for its predecessor, supernatural horror film sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 topped the box office by a wide margin this weekend.

The film, starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, summoned an impressive estimated $41 million gross domestic over the weekend, which began with the folkloric unlucky day of Friday the 13th.

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Insidious: Chapter 2's massive opening was the second-largest for a horror film this year and the second-largest September debut of all-time.

While Friday the 13th proved a fruitful opening for Insidious, it was more of a curse for fellow opener The Family, which finished a far second at the box office with $14.5 million domestic.

Amongst the otherwise stagnant box office, the historic drama Lee Daniels' The Butler entered nine-digit territory, increasing to an even $100 million domestic with a fourth-place finish of $5.6 million.

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Also steadily adding to their hefty totals were sixth-week films We're The Millers (5th: $5.4 million, $131.6 million), Planes (7th: $3.1 million, $83 million), and Elysium (9th: $2.1 million, $88.4 million).

Although now out of the Top 10, the animated sequel Despicable Me 2 (13th) continues to amass dumfounding totals.

The Universal film has garnered $359 million domestic, which puts it in a position to become the largest- grossing domestic film in Universal's history (E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial has been the title holder for over 30 years with $359.2 million).

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In all, Despicable Me 2 has reaped $840.2 million worldwide.

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