James Wan has done it again, scoring another big opening win for horror this year with Insidious: Chapter 2, which topped this weekend’s box office with $41M. This figure is very similar to that of Wan’s summer blockbuster The Conjuring, which finished it’s opening weekend with just shy of $42M. It’s interesting to note that the production budget for Insidious: Chapter 2 was only $5M; considering The Conjuring’s budget was $20M, the horror sequel wins the opening ROI comparison. Still, given the middling to somewhat mediocre reviews for Wan’s latest, it’s no sure thing it will have the staying power of the Warren case files film (check out the Insidious Chapter 2 review here).
Here’s the rest of the weekend box office top ten:
|1||Insidious: Chapter 2||$41M||$41M|
|2||The Family (2013)||$14.5M||$14.5M|
|4||Lee Daniels’ The Butler||$5.6M||$100M|
|5||We’re the Millers||$5.4M||$131.6M|
|6||Instructions Not Included||$4.3M||$26.6M|
|8||One Direction: This is Us||$2.4M||$26.9M|
|10||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||$1.8M||$62M|
The crime dramedy The Family starring Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones, directed by Luc Besson, had a bit of a disappointing opening, given it didn’t even make back half of its $30M production budget at $14.5M. Also check out Lee Daniels (should be Lee Daniels’s) The Butler which has crossed the $100M mark.
Next weekend’s biggie is the opening of Prisoners, which has garnered tons of prerelease buzz and boasts and all star cast including Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano , Maria Bello and Viola Davis. If that’s not your thing, the Ron Howard F1 racing drama Rush starring Chris Hemsworth hits the big screen. What did you guys and gals see this weekend? What will you be checking out next weekend? Let us know in the comments below!
Weekend box office estimates courtesy of Box Office Mojo