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Entertainment One-Produced INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Breaks Records; Opens #1 in Canada and UK


 

#1 film in the US with North American weekend box office earning US$41.05 million

  • Unmatched creative team of Jason Blum (producer), Leigh Whannell (writer) and James Wan (director) deliver another blockbuster

  • Third installment of franchise already in development

Toronto/London – September 16, 2013 - Entertainment One (eOne) is delighted to announce the incredible international box office success of Insidious: Chapter 2. Released on Friday, September 13, the film has already generated CAD $2.08 million in Canada and £2.88 million in the UK, making it the biggest Friday opening for a horror film in UK history. In a joint announcement earlier today, it was confirmed that the third installment of the Insidious franchise is already in development.

Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey, Insidious: Chapter 2, the terrifying sequel to the breakout hit film Insidious which captivated horror movie fans worldwide, follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

Written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, the extraordinary duo behind the first installment, the eOne-produced franchise also brought the talented filmmakers behind Insidious back together for this epic second chapter. Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and Oren Peli served as producers.

“Our prized partner Jason Blum and the gifted team behind this film have done it again! We’re delighted to bring this haunting second installment to loyal fans and we’re thrilled with the impressive box-office performance over the weekend,” said Patrice Théroux, who oversees eOne’s global film operations.

Through acquisition, financing and production, eOne is strategically positioned to secure premium commercial film with widespread appeal for both direct distribution in its territories and its international sales offering. In addition to Insidious, the company’s vibrant global film production activity includes: franchises The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke. Upcoming eOne productions include WWII Drama Suite Francaise, starring Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts, a co-production with TF1 DA, and the highly-anticipated next chapters in the aforementioned franchises.

Through eOne’s multi-territory participation model and international sales abilities, the company’s financing ventures include the following projects for which the company also handles international sales: recent TIFF-hit The F Word, which eOne has sold in all major territories and which CBS Films has picked up for the US from UTA and Jamie Feldman in collaboration with the filmmakers and eOne; the upcoming Map to the Stars, from director David Cronenberg; and Queen of the Night, from director Atom Egoyan, among others.

“It’s exciting to see our production business thrive alongside the talented filmmakers we have the privilege of working with; many of whom on a franchise-basis. Our three-pronged strategy of sourcing product through acquisitions, financing and now production, is adding the highest-quality product from across the globe to our pipeline for the years ahead,” Théroux continued.

eOne directly distributes the Insidious series in Canada, the UK and will release the film in Spain later this year. In the UK, Insidious: Chapter 2 Film debuted at #1 and had a bigger opening than recent hits like The Conjuring, The Purge, Mama and Insidious. The film is currently playing on 558 screens at 414 locations across the UK. Similarly, the film had an impressive opening weekend on 288 screens at 270 locations in Canada.

Insidious: Chapter 2, which opened to $40.27 million in domestic box office sales and as the #1 film in the US this weekend, is distributed by FilmDistrict in the US.



ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is an international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.