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Horror flick ‘Insidious 2′ tops weekend box office

Horror flick ‘Insidious 2′ tops weekend box office

Patrick Wilson seen at 'Insidious Chapter 2' World Premiere, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles. Photo: Associated Press/Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for FilmDistrict/AP Images

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – 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 “The Family.”

The fright flick about a family haunted by spirits pulled in more than $41 million in ticket sales in its first three days, according to studio estimates on Sunday. That’s more than triple the opening take of the 2010 original.

About $20 million came on its Friday the 13th release date.

“The Family” — starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer — opened in second. They play a mob couple, relocated to France under witness protection.

“Riddick” dropped to third.

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” reaches an important milestone. It was fourth this weekend, passing the $100 million mark in total ticket sales.

The Jennifer Aniston-Jason Sudeikis road-trip comedy “We’re the Millers” rounds out the weekend’s top five.

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