‘Insidious: Chapter 2′ Is A Monster Hit; May Open Bigger Than ‘The Conjuring’!

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It’s a summer that has reminded us of a few various fact: horror it always hot, a properly marketed horror film will open well, and a good genre film can break box office records. Of course I’m not solely speaking of Insidious: Chapter 2 (review #1, review #2), which is poised to take in a whopping estimated $43M this coming weekend, but a plethora of efforts made by the studios over the course of the summer. Point is, horror is hot, is always hot, and studios need to stop being so trepidatious and get behind it.

Writes THR this Saturday Morning, marking another big win for horror, James Wan’s Insidious topped the Friday box office with roughly $20 million in ticket sales, one of the best showings of all time for September and putting the movie on course to cross $40 million in its debut.

From FilmDistrict and costing a mere $5 million to make, Insidious 2 even has a shot at becoming the top September opener of all time. Sony’s Hotel Transylvania (2012) is the current record-holder ($42.5 million). Insidious 2 also may eclipse the $41.9 million opening of New Line’s The Conjuring, also directed by Wan, which currently boasts the top horror opening of 2013.

Insidious 2, produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli, returns Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne in the title roles. It opens more than two years after the original Insidious turned into a sleeper hit, opening to $13.3 million on its way to grossing north of $54 million domestically and $43 million internationally.

From a script by Leigh Whannell, Insidious 2 follows the Lambert family as they seek to understand the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. Lin Shaye and Ty Simpkins also star.

  • im-so-fyre

    Good, now all we need is a good quality “Halloween” movie next year, lol.

    • iLoveArgentoPre1990

      “Halloween” the franchise or the time of year? Either way, give it to James Wan. The guy can’t miss. I’m not a fan of the Fast and the Furious movies, but I’m going to go see the one that he directs when that one gets released just to see what the hell he does with it. That guy is so damn talented. I’ve enjoyed every single one of his films thus far. I can’t believe that the horror community isn’t hanging on this guy’s nuts and praising him as next John Carpenter, George Romero, etc. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that he belongs up there with those names and may even be better than some of those that we revere.

  • dirtyghettok

    Guess who gives this movie two thumbs down and cried afterwards… This guy.

  • Taboo

    Very great news! I haven’t seen it yet since I’m broke and don’t really think I will get to watch in theaters.. so very sad :(

    • ThunderDragoon

      Same here. I feel you.

  • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

    Well, I guess Part 3 is a guarantee now? Lol.

    Doesn’t surprise me, because what’s the competition? That shitty looking mafia comedy starring De Niro? I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I can’t judge the quality, but from what I’m reading on here, a lot of you guys are shitting on 2, or some of you think it’s okay at best. In short, I’m reading the type of reaction I would expect from a typical horror sequel, and I’m afraid that’s all Insidious 2 is.

    Still good news for horror, though. But I think this puts MASSIVE pressure on the Carrie remake to perform at the box office next month. James Wan will have to #1 hits this year, Mama opened at #1, so did Texas Chainsaw 3D, and I THINK Evil Dead had a nice little run at the box office. I’m not saying Carrie won’t do well, but the trailers are pretty underwhelming.

    • anthonyd1

      Definitely check out the sequel. If you loved the first one then you will love this one just as much. It fits perfectly with the first one and this is exactly what I wanted from an Insidious sequel. I dont understand all of the negativity this movie is getting on this site from users. Both critic reviews on this site are pretty positive. If you want a fun time out at the movies and to be entertained from start to finish then check it out

      • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

        Oh I’m going to see it regardless of the reaction here. It’s just you know, horror sequels (ESPECIALLY mainstream horror sequels), completely suck ass, or they can’t live up to the original 95% of the time. But I really enjoyed the first one, so I’m sure I’ll like part 2!

      • K-Dogg

        Agree totally anthony, this was the perfect sequel for the world they created in the first one. Not as good as The Conjuring, or even part 1, but a damn good sequel. If you hated “The further” elements of it, then don’t even go to it, because you won’t even like it before the movie even starts, so why bother. But I thought “The further” was a very neat and original (for once) idea.

        • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

          Ah, so I take it there’s a lot more focus on The Further in Chapter 2. Well, as long they give some kind of explanation for it, I won’t have any problems.

          It’s just, after Wan did such a GREAT job of building up the tension and suspense throughout the movie, going into The Further was kind of a disappointment for a finale, because we were lead to believe The Further was this eerie, creepy and dark place. Instead, it looked like that shitty and flightless Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World (and somehow that inspired an even shittier movie with Eddie Murphy).

          I still love the original Insidious, though. Horror or any other genre, it’s rare to find a perfect movie where you’ll like everything, so I can’t complain too much.

  • RubenVeritas

    People in this society wouldn’t know a great horror movie if it punched them in the face. I don’t get how people can be so stupid and pay to see the same movie over and over again.

  • djblack1313

    i’m going to wait to see this on DVD. i liked the FIRST HALF of the first film very much but once they get to the other world (or whatever it’s called) it became kinda lame (except for the last 5 minutes which was a pretty good shocker ending). the ghosts/spirits(?) with I LOVE LUCY pancake make up on their faces didn’t looks freaky, scary or good. it just looked really silly/stupid (again, i liked the first half of the movie!).

    this new film (going by the trailers/tv spots) looks like it took the parts (not scary pancake make up, etc) that ruined part 1 and multiplied them tenfold. not one thing in the trailer looked interesting/scary/enticing and i hate saying that because i adore Rose Byrne & Patrick Wilson.

    • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

      :) The amount of LULZ in this post is too much!!! Thanks for the laugh, dj. Oh, and the name of the other worldly place is The Further ;)

      I know it’s been said a thousand times on here, but yeah, when Wilson goes into the The Further to rescue Dalton, the movie just lost me. The demon’s lair was too fucking cartoonish, and the unintentional hilarity ( i.e. I Love Lucy pancacke make up. lol) made everything worse.

      Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Insidious, have it on DVD, and I can never get enough of it………until the third act rolls around. Without The Further stuff, I think an argument can be made for Insidious being a five star film.

      • djblack1313

        Zombie-Killa, LOL!!! (i had to add that “LOL” just for you!)

        :)

        i need to clarify on this “the further” gig, i don’t dislike the idea and explanation of it (the further), i just disliked Wan’s execution of it and the cheesy, not scary ghosts acting like mannequins in I LOVE LUCY pancake batter make up! lol. even the shot/scene where Wilson’s character is pushed/punched(?) back onto the floor (when he first goes into the further/the attic), it was so amateurishly filmed/blocked (you can tell Wilson is just jumping/falling back…) which didn’t help in liking “the further” in it’s execution.

        that being said, i respect Wan and i like most of his work! i really REALLY hope that he’s not saying goodbye to horror forever!

        i hope i’m not coming across like a hater. i completely like A LOT most of the movie.

        • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

          Lol! I don’t think you’re a hater. Hell, I feel the same the way about Insidious. Love 98% of the movie, but The Further stuff? Eh, not so much.

          And yeah, I hope Wan isn’t stepping away from horror for good. I really want to see Fast & Furious 7, but after the success of The Conjuring, I can’t imagine Wan just calling it quits on horror for good.

  • Canucklehead

    Saw this today. Scary? Not so much. Batshit crazy? Absolutely. Definite cult classic potential.

  • violentdope

    Just got back from it and it was a good movie.I liked that they had a descent story and it continued from the first.the last 1/3 of chapter 1 went cheesy but not this time.some good scares was entertained all through.cant wait for chapter 3. Hope wan stays in the horror genre and says fuck you to fast 7.

  • ynot69

    WOW what a complete disappointment this movie was!!!
    I absolutely loved Insidious (the original) which had many terrifying scenes that stuck with you afterwards (a face behind the curtain, something standing in a corner of a room, demon climbing walls, etc).
    But Chapter 2 had NOTHING in terms of scares to compete with the first movie. I kept thinking it would get better, scarier …. but NADA! The ‘demon’ was absent in Chapter 2 (where’d he go?).
    Instead we got a silly backstory of a boy with mother issues. They should have left the original Insidious as a one off film and not bothered with Chapter 2! Shame

  • Nothing333

    As a fan of the original I was let down with the sequel. It was ok, not really bad but not exceptional either. There were very few scares. The biggest problem is its insistence on over explaining everything. Leaving things to the imagination can go a long way in enhancing creepiness.