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Weekend Box Office Report: September 13-15, 2013

Sep. 15, 2013by: Dave Davis

September gets scary with Insidious 2!

Nobody was superstitious about Friday the 13th this weekend, judging by the number of people who went out of their way for some supernatural chills, putting INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 at the top with an opening of $41 million!

That's the all-time second-biggest September opening weekend, not far behind last year's HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA with $42.5 million (and without the benefit of that movie's 3D premium ticket price). Critics didn't go crazy for the haunted sequel (36% at Rotten Tomatoes) but audiences sure seemed to be effectively spooked, giving the PG-13 frights a CinemaScore of 'B+'.

With its relatively miniscule $5 million budget, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2's fearsome opening marks yet another low-cost hit for director James Wan after this summer's THE CONJURING ($259M worldwide on a $20M budget) and the original INSIDIOUS ($97M worldwide for a $1.5M budget) -- not to mention kicking off the successful SAW series in 2004 with $103M globally on a $1.2M cost. It should be interesting to see what Wan does with $150+ million when he takes the wheel of the FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise with part 7 screeching into theaters next summer.

In second place was director Luc Besson's new R-rated comedy THE FAMILY with $14.5 million. Robert De Niro's displaced mobster and his clan got whacked by paying customers, who hit it with a 'C' CinemaScore (critics were equally unkind with 33% on Rotten Tomatoes). Let's hope the same Besson who gave us LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL, THE BIG BLUE and THE FIFTH ELEMENT returns someday, if he finds time and inspiration between making kid-friendly movies and writing/producing moderately entertaining (if forgettable) action flicks.

Skulking around in third was last week's winner RIDDICK, catching another $7 million in its second weekend -- a high-gravity drop of 63% from its opening. The Diesel-powered sequel is up to $53 million worldwide (the same total as PITCH BLACK), but only time will tell if it ultimately makes enough to justify a fourth screen adventure of Vin's space badass... or if Riddick's future exploits will be confined to alternate media like comics and videogames.

LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER crossed the $100 million mark in its fifth weekend of release, and there's a good chance we'll see Jason Sukeidis and his faux family again considering the $186.7 million worldwide total for WE'RE THE MILLERS (on a $37M reported cost).

The surprise hit comedy INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED continues to add screens and draw audiences (even as it slips to sixth place after rising to #3 last week), while Disney's PLANES is starting to coast on fumes after six weeks on the chart, although (like the CARS movies that ostensibly launched it) most likely it will make several times its final worldwide tally just in merchandise alone.

Filling out the Top 10 were the boy-band concert documentary ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US, the resilient sci-fi movie ELYSIUM (now up to $232.3 million globally), and PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS. Outside the chart, Woody Allen's BLUE JASMINE just barely missed the list, while it was last call for THE WORLD'S END, and the recently re-released THIS IS THE END and WORLD WAR Z both made it to their domestic monetary milestones ($100M and $200M respectively).

Next weekend offers an intense Hugh Jackman in the thriller PRISONERS as dance crews face off in BATTLE OF THE YEAR, while Ron Howard's racing drama RUSH revs up in limited release.

What is your favorite supernatural horror movie of the last ten years? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Insidious Chapter 2 $41 M
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2. The Family $14.5 M
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3. Riddick $7 M $31.2 M
4. The Butler $5.5 M $100 M
5. We're the Millers $5.4 M $131.6 M
6. Instructions Not Included $4.2 M $26.5 M
7. Planes $3 M $82.9 M
8. One Direction: This Is Us $2.4 M $26.8 M
9. Elysium $2 M $88.3 M
10. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $1.8 M $62 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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4:40PM on 09/17/2013
this just means that more stupid exorcism movies will keep being made. But, the bright side is that horror isn't dead.
this just means that more stupid exorcism movies will keep being made. But, the bright side is that horror isn't dead.
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3:24PM on 09/16/2013

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1:46PM on 09/16/2013

"The blood is the horror" -Lugosi

Wait til video or Chiller channel to watch that. Looks a little generic like a lot of others. How many more supernatural possession movies can there be?
The only paranormal movie I've enjoyed recently was Grave Encounters.
Wait til video or Chiller channel to watch that. Looks a little generic like a lot of others. How many more supernatural possession movies can there be?
The only paranormal movie I've enjoyed recently was Grave Encounters.
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6:17AM on 09/16/2013
I didn't like insidious but holy shit it only cost $1.5mil to make!? I would've thought maybe $20 mil. Kudos to those guys for getting that kind of production value out of so small a budget.
I didn't like insidious but holy shit it only cost $1.5mil to make!? I would've thought maybe $20 mil. Kudos to those guys for getting that kind of production value out of so small a budget.
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5:47AM on 09/16/2013
Everyone should check out 'Rush' when it's released near all of you. I saw it last night and had a hell of a time. Try to see it at a movie theatre that has a great sound system - you will be blown away.
Everyone should check out 'Rush' when it's released near all of you. I saw it last night and had a hell of a time. Try to see it at a movie theatre that has a great sound system - you will be blown away.
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5:58PM on 09/15/2013

I swear.......

Oprah has been buying out theaters just to make The Butler look successful, my buddy works at a theater and has said there have been days when not one ticket was sold for that movie.
Oprah has been buying out theaters just to make The Butler look successful, my buddy works at a theater and has said there have been days when not one ticket was sold for that movie.
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5:37PM on 09/15/2013
Insidious Chapter 2 was a good, fun film. Not as great as the first one, but a worthy follow up.

Wonder if we'll see a Chapter 3 with the cliffhanger ending from Chapter 2.
Insidious Chapter 2 was a good, fun film. Not as great as the first one, but a worthy follow up.

Wonder if we'll see a Chapter 3 with the cliffhanger ending from Chapter 2.
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5:31PM on 09/15/2013
I didn't have high expectations of Insidious 2, but I actually ended up liking it quite a bit. Not as good as the original or The Conjuring, but it was entertaining and had quite a few scary moments. I'm glad it did well.
I didn't have high expectations of Insidious 2, but I actually ended up liking it quite a bit. Not as good as the original or The Conjuring, but it was entertaining and had quite a few scary moments. I'm glad it did well.
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4:34PM on 09/15/2013
Insidious 2 was pretty decent. It was a little slow to start but very enjoyable overall. About as good as the first one.
Insidious 2 was pretty decent. It was a little slow to start but very enjoyable overall. About as good as the first one.
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4:08PM on 09/15/2013
Horror movies seems like the safest bet in hollywood.low budget-high profits.
Horror movies seems like the safest bet in hollywood.low budget-high profits.
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3:55PM on 09/15/2013
This has been a weak month for movies. However, I am curious to see Prisoners based on the 10/10 review from this site.
Battle of the Year seems like a bad episode of Lost, where in a parallel universe Sawyer is a dance teacher. Seriously, why isn't Holloway in more/better movies yet?
This has been a weak month for movies. However, I am curious to see Prisoners based on the 10/10 review from this site.
Battle of the Year seems like a bad episode of Lost, where in a parallel universe Sawyer is a dance teacher. Seriously, why isn't Holloway in more/better movies yet?
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3:05PM on 09/15/2013
More like Inshitious: Chapter Poo
More like Inshitious: Chapter Poo
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4:17PM on 09/15/2013
Really? That was the best pun you could come up with? Poor guy.
Really? That was the best pun you could come up with? Poor guy.
8:25PM on 09/15/2013
Well I lol'd
Well I lol'd
3:04PM on 09/15/2013

Insidious 2

This movie sucked. It was essentially a remake of the first one except crappier on every level. This was also the first PG13 horror movie I've went to the theaters to see since the ring. It will be the last. I'm a huge horror movie fan and the audience full of giggling chitchating tweens and teens was overly annoying. James wan is great for the horror genre as he makes effective horror movies, but don't take the Raimi approach and shoot for a bunch of silly teen friendly horror movies, it ruins
This movie sucked. It was essentially a remake of the first one except crappier on every level. This was also the first PG13 horror movie I've went to the theaters to see since the ring. It will be the last. I'm a huge horror movie fan and the audience full of giggling chitchating tweens and teens was overly annoying. James wan is great for the horror genre as he makes effective horror movies, but don't take the Raimi approach and shoot for a bunch of silly teen friendly horror movies, it ruins the experience of these movies. There was a huge difference between sitting in a silent terrified theater of the conjuring, and a room full of mouthy kids in insidious.
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8:38PM on 09/15/2013
The first movie was rated PG-13, in case you didn't notice. You can make good scary movies without gore; tension is often created by building up what we don't see, making us uncomfortable. Then, in the midst of this discomfort, something breaks the silence. It has been a technique throughout film history. I, personally, don't see what is scary about showing extreme gore. Demonstrating restraint is an art in the horror genre.
The first movie was rated PG-13, in case you didn't notice. You can make good scary movies without gore; tension is often created by building up what we don't see, making us uncomfortable. Then, in the midst of this discomfort, something breaks the silence. It has been a technique throughout film history. I, personally, don't see what is scary about showing extreme gore. Demonstrating restraint is an art in the horror genre.
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