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Insidious sequel scares up success

Moviegoers in the US had an appetite for fright this weekend, sending Insidious: Chapter 2 to the top of the box office charts.

The haunted-house horror sequel debuted in first place with 41 million US dollars (£25.7 million), more than tripling the opening take of the 2010 original.

Debuting on Friday the 13th, FilmDistrict's Insidious: Chapter 2 scored the highest September opening day ever, said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com.

"It was a perfect release date for this movie," he said. "James Wan has cracked the code on making great horror movies."

The Australian director had another first-place opener earlier this summer with the The Conjuring, another haunted-house thriller starring Patrick Wilson. Wilson returns in Insidious 2, playing a husband and father with some scary personal baggage.

FilmDistrict's president of distribution, Jim Orr, said the film's ticket sales nearly doubled studio expectations.

"It's great to be in business with Blumhouse Productions and James Wan," he said. "They're just ridiculously talented and delivered a phenomenal film."

Another newcomer, Relativity Media's Robert De Niro-Michelle Pfeiffer crime caper The Family, opened in second place with 14.5 million dollars (£9 million). That bumped last week's champ Riddick to third.

The Weinstein Co's Lee Daniels' The Butler continued its strong performance with a fourth-place finish that saw North American ticket sales cross the 100 million dollar (£62.6 million) mark.

The Jennifer Aniston-Jason Sudeikis Warner Bros road-trip comedy We're the Millers rounded out the top five.

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