Every so often, an actor or actress just catches fire, piling up box office hit after box office hit and redefining themselves as a super star. Last year it was Channing Tatum, while in 2009 is was Sandra Bullock who dominated proceedings. And this year?
Believe it or not, 2013 might just be the year of Patrick Wilson.
That's because Wilson's latest low budget horror flick, "Insidious: Chapter 2," completely blew up the box office this weekend, earning a whopping $41.1 million. That was not only double the amount "Insidious: Chapter 2" studio FilmDistrict expected and over eight times the film's $5 million budget, it's also not far short of the $54 million the original "Insidious" made in its entire 2011 run.
It's also the second time this year Wilson has headlined a low budget horror film that exploded into a major box office smash, as his July release "The Conjuring" ended up banking a tremendous $259.9 million worldwide off of a $20 million budget. That doesn't suck.
While Wilson's star is rising, though, Robert De Niro continues to cash in on his 70's rep by turning out lowbrow fare like "The Family." It's not the first time he's gone back to the mobster well for cheap laughs, but this time around audiences saw through the tired ploy, as "The Family" debuted to a very mediocre $14.5 million, earning only a C Cinemascore from bored moviegoers.
It's a topsy turvy world where Patrick Wilson is a bigger box office draw than Robert De Niro, but that's 2013 for you. Next week, Wilson will be going up against the buzzy Hugh Jackman thriller "Prisoners." Can Patrick slay Goliath again? We wouldn't bet against it, but for now, here's this week's box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. "Insidious: Chapter 2" - $41.1m (our review)
2. "The Family" - $14.5 (our review)
3. "Riddick" - $7m (our review)
4. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" - $5.6m (our review)
5. "We're the Millers" - $5.4m (our review)
6. "Instructions Not Included" - $4.3m
7. "Planes" - $3.1m (our review)
8. "One Direction: This Is Us" - $2.4m
9. "Elysium" - $2.1m (our review)
10. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" - $1.8m (our review)