Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:30:00 GMT | By Reuters

'Insidious 2' jolts box-office with $41 mn

Low-budget horror sequel 'Insidious 2' beats Robert De Niro's 'The Family' at the U.S box-office

Insidious 2 (© Rex Features)

Los Angeles/New York: '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. About $20 million came on its Friday the 13th release date.

'The Family' finished in second place with $14.5 million over the weekend. The movie features De Niro as a mob boss whose family relocates to France under the witness protection program.

Last weekend's box office champ, sci-fi sequel 'Riddick', fell to third place with $7 million in ticket sales. The movie stars Vin Diesel as an intergalactic traveler who can see in the dark.

Privately held FilmDistrict released 'Insidious: Chapter 2'. 'The Family' was distributed by privately held Relativity Media. "Riddick" was released by Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp.

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