Screams will reign supreme at the box office this weekend after "Insidious Chapter 2" scored a shocking $20 million opening day on Friday.

Meanwhile, "The Family" settled in for second place, followed by holdovers "Riddick," "We're the Millers," and "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

"Insidious 2" -- budgeted at just $5 million -- will likely scare up over $40 million for the three-day. It has a strong chance of becoming the biggest September opener of all time, as Sony's animated "Hotel Transylvania" picked up $42.5 million in 2012.

The horror sequel will easily speed past the original's box office take; 2011's "Insidious" debuted to $13.3 million and ended with a $54 million domestic haul.

"Insidious 2" also has a good chance of topping the $41.9 million opening weekend of New Line's "The Conjuring" -- which was also directed by Wan and starred Patrick Wilson.  -- early this summer. 

In distant second place, Luc Besson's mob comedy "The Family," starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro earned $5.4 million. Look for it to pick up around $15 million for the weekend, an OK but unimpressive amount for the film which cost a reported $30 to produce. 

Last week's box office champ, Vin Diesel's sci-fi sequel "Riddick," tumbled to third place on Friday, walking away with $2.2 million. The film has so far earned $26.4 million domestically.  

The Jennifer Aniston-Jason Sudeikis comedy "We're the Millers" continues its impressive streak,  staying in the top five after more than a month of release. "Millers" earned another $1.7 million on Friday, bringing its domestic  total to a huge $127.9 million. 

Finally, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" rounded out the top five on Friday, after earning $1.6 million. The acclaimed historical drama stands at $96.1 million and will have no trouble crossing that magic $100 mark over the next few days.  

Look for continuing box office updates all weekend long on HitFix. 


Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.