By James Hirsen
The movie that captured the top spot this past weekend is "Insidious: Chapter 2," a sequel to the 2011 hair-raising film "Insidious," which tells the tale of a boy who is lost in an invisible demon-populated region. "Insidious: Chapter 2" brought in $41 million in its debut weekend, making it the best September opening for any film. The horror sequel raked in $20 million on Friday, the biggest one-day gross in the month of September.
This year the horror genre has been a sizable source of profit for the film industry. Some of the box-office results for scary cinema include "The Conjuring," which took in $260 million worldwide on a production budget of $20 million; "The Purge," which parleyed $86 million worldwide while only costing $3 million to produce; "Mama," which made $147 million worldwide and had an expenditure of $15 million; "The Evil Dead," which did $100 million in box office worldwide with a $17 million price tag; and "The Call," which collected $52 million domestically (the film did not have foreign distribution) with production outlays of $13 million. [more...]