"Insidious Chapter 2" incited a frenzy among movie-goers and opens to the best September ever. At $41 million, it did better than expectations and proved once again that a low-budget horror film can score in its debut weekend.
But, "Insidious Chapter 2" blew away the competition as it jumped out early and stayed in from all weekend long and that was expected. That Friday start was impressive for sure and noting that it was also Friday the 13th certainly helped matters.
"Insidious Chapter 2" took that great social media buzz and ran with it. The pre-sales for the film were brisk as well. On a budget of only $5 million, the Friday take was more than enough ($20 million).
In fact, the Friday numbers alone beat the three-day run of last week's winner, "Riddick." It also was the biggest horror opening of the year, noted on Deadline. Let's see how it does in the second week out.
1. "Insidious Chapter 2" - $41 million
2. "The Family 2013" - $14.5 million
3. "Riddick" - $7 million
4. "Lee Daniels: The Butler" - $5.6 million
5. "We're the Millers" - $5.2 million
Speaking of "Riddick," it fell off a whopping 63 percent and came in behind another new release, "The Family," which was a weak runner-up to "Insidious Chapter 2." Meanwhile, "The Butler" passed the $100 million mark.
A notorious no-show for awards shows, Woody Allen will receive of the Cecil B. DeMille awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He will be presented with a Golden Globe award on Jan. 12.
Allen's film "Blue Jasmine" is being well-received and just may be up for an award or two as the season progresses. “There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” said HFPA president Theo Kingma, said in a release.
In his more than 60-year career, Allen has racked up 55 films, two Golden Globes wins and 11 nominations. “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he is an international treasure,” added Kingma.
Allen reflected on fame. “Fame has many drawbacks and many advantages and it’s close, but the advantages just outweigh the drawbacks,” he told HFPA members when he met them recently.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will honor Allen with a tribute during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, to be held on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. “Believe it or not, there are many terrible things about being famous and many wonderful things, too," Allen said.