Box Office: Insidious 2 Wins, The Butler Crosses $100 Million

Horror film scores second-highest September opening.

Posted: 09/16/2013 08:45 AM EDT

(Photo: Film District)

The fall is off to a great start at the box office. Insidious 2 wowed analysts with its $41 million take, easily topping the charts. The film, which released on Friday the 13th, was the second-biggest September opening and the biggest ever for a supernatural horror film.

The weekend's other new entry, The Family, didn't fare as well. The all-star film, starring Robert De NiroTommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfieffer, pulled in a soft $14.5 million. The gross fell flat for studio executives' who had high hopes, considering the caliber of the cast.

Lee Daniels' The Butler also scored a box-office milestone. The film grossed $5.6 million in its fourth weekend of release and crossed the $100 million mark. Lee Daniels became one of only a handful of Black directors to clear the $100 million milestone. Producers credit the film's appeal across all demographics and age groups with its success.

Next week, Laurence Fishburne's The Colony goes up against Oscar contender Prisoners and 3-D dance flick Battle of the Year.

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