|ROSE BYRNE AND PATRICK WILSON|
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 film “The Family.”
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In the latest celebrity update, Insidious: Chapter 2 is about a family haunted by spirits pulled in more than $41 million in ticket sales in its three days according to studio estimated. About #20 million came on its Friday the 13th release date.
In fact, “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.
Las 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.
Meanwhile, privately held FilmDistrict released “Insidious Chapter: 2.” “The Family” was ddistributed by privately held Relativity Media while “Riddick” was released by Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp.