Robert De Niro’s crime comedy The Family didn’t stand a chance against James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2 at the box office over the weekend.
Although The Fifth Element director Luc Besson’s latest outing had a lot of star power under the hood — the film also featured Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones — the flick only brought in $14.5 million at the box office in North America.
Considering Robert De Niro’s The Family carried a production budget of $30 million, there’s a strong possibility that the film could end up recouping this figure before it leaves theaters. French director Luc Besson has appeal overseas, so the flick may do well internationally.
De Niro’s latest tells the story of a notorious crime family who moves to France under the witness protection program. Although everyone must lay low during their stay in the country, it doesn’t take long for them to get into trouble.
The Family may have separated a few people from their money over the weekend, but it was Wan’s Insidious sequel that wooed countless moviegoers to the cinemas. According to the numbers posted at Box Office Mojo, the movie ended up generating $41 million in receipts.
Since the horror flick only cost $5 million to put together, the boys and girls at FilmDistrict are no doubt excited by its performance over the weekend. The movie is already profitable after three days, proving yet again that movies don’t need mega-budgets to find success.
Fans of Robert De Niro will have another chance to see the acclaimed actor on the big screen this year. The Ronin star will appear alongside Sylvester Stallone in the upcoming boxing comedy Grudge Match. The movie should arrive in theaters across the country on December 25.
Are you a fan of Robert De Niro? What do you think about Luc Besson’s The Family getting destroyed by Insidious: Chapter 2 at the box office?
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