Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
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September 16th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

"Insidious: Chapter 2" easily took top honors at the box office during the weekend of Friday, September 13. James Wan's chilling horror sequel earned $41,050,000. Some members of the Lambert family have the gift of astral projection. Unfortunately, this power seems to have attracted dark forces that wish the family harm. Now, Renai Lambert will do anything to keep her children safe from the constantly lingering threat. She's not sure she can triumph over the hostile sprits. The eerie movie has a PG-13 rating for intense sequences of violence and terror, as well as for thematic elements.

"The Family" came in second, thanks to earnings of $14,500,000. Fred Manzoni used to be a powerful man, but snitching on the mafia has planted a target on his back. Determined to keep his wife and kids safe, Fred works with the authorities to find a place where they can live in peace. The problem is that the Manzonis are not very good at keeping the peace. Violence, language, and brief mature content contribute to an R rating.

Continuing Films

"Riddick" earned $7,013,000 during its second weekend in theaters, bringing the total to over $31 million. Riddick's enemies abandon him on an unfriendly planet, assuming that nobody could survive the conditions. However, they are not counting on Riddick's incredible resourcefulness and strength. Fueled by a desire for revenge, the warrior manages to overcome one obstacle after another. Soon, he will be ready for vengeance. The movie's R rating is due to violence, language, and some mature content and nudity.

Thanks to weekend profits of $5,582,000, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" has now earned more than $100 million. Cecil Gaines has worked at the White House for decades, watching one President after another come and go. Along the way, he has also seen both hopeful and tragic changes in the fabric of the country. Eventually, he must consider whether the job is still important to him or not. The PG-13 rating is due to violence, disturbing images, language, mature content, thematic elements, and smoking.

"We're the Millers" continued to perform solidly, with earnings of $5,415,000 bringing profits past the $131 million mark. When David needs a fake family at a moment's notice, he draws on a group of strangers to transform into the wholesome, innocent Millers. Before long, his phony wife and fake kids are learning that being a family is a tougher undertaking than they realized. The irreverent movie has an R rating for brief graphic nudity, drug content, pervasive language, and crude content.

"Planes" earned $3,066,000 during its sixth weekend in theaters. Overall, the animated movie has seen profits of more than $82 million. The Wings Around the Globe rally attracts many of the world's most courageous and rapid planes. This year, it will have a competitor who's just a little bit different. Dusty is a plucky little crop-duster plane with a big fear of heights. With hard work, he hopes to compete against the best. The film's PG rating is due to rude humor and mild action.

Movies to DVD

"The Bling Ring" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, September 17. Teenage outcasts in Los Angeles turn to crime as a way to entertain themselves. Before long, they decide to set their sights a little bit higher. The savvy and ruthless teen criminals plan to target the homes of celebrities, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood luminaries and making bank at the same time. Sofia Coppola's movie has an R rating for teen alcohol and drug use, as well as for language that includes mature references.

"The East" focuses on a private intelligence operative who undertakes a difficult job. Sarah goes undercover to earn the trust of secretive and destructive anarchist agents. As she gets to know members of the group, Sarah surprises herself by starting to see things from their unique perspective. The job may change her outlook forever. Partial nudity, mature content, thematic elements, disturbing images, and violence contribute to a PG-13 rating.

"Drift" stars Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel as a pair of Australian brothers with a passion for surfing. Set in the 1970s, the film follows the brothers' quest to turn their hobby into a thriving business. The conservative community they live in does not make it easy, but the brother find allies in unexpected places. The film has an R rating for language and drug content.

"Scenic Route" tells the story of two long-time friends who end up in a life-altering situation. Stranded on a desolate desert road without much hope of rescue, the two men turn on each other in brutal ways. Even if the men survive the horrible situation, their friendship will never be the same again. "Scenic Route" has an R rating for language, violence, and some mature content.