The animated film starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez scores the biggest September opening weekend in history, besting previous record holder 'Sweet Home Alabama'.
After incessant slow weekends throughout September, North American box office is finally topped by a movie which debuts to more than $20 million. Sony Pictures' animated pic "Hotel Transylvania", which receives a sizzling "A-" CinemaScore from the audience, successfully claims the champion title with $42.5 million.
The result marks the biggest September opening weekend of all time, besting "Sweet Home Alabama" which collected $35.6 million in September 2002. The Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez-starring family movie also becomes the best result to date for Sony's animation unit.
Sony's big win this weekend doesn't stop there as its other film, "Looper", also opens to a solid result at the end of the month. Receiving a "B+" CinemaScore, the mind-bending sci-fi movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis takes in $20.8 million and places second.
Of the astounding result for its two movies, Sony's President of Distribution Rory Bruer says, "More than anything, this film has been such a collaboration of talent, and it paid off in such a huge way. Everyone in our company just loved this film. And to perform at this level in September shows that 'Hotel Transylvania' has something for everyone. And to have a second film ['Looper'] do so well is an incredible feat."
Last week's chart-topper "End of Watch" drops to the third place with $7.8 million for a total domestic cume of $26.1 million after two weeks of playing Stateside. Landing on the fourth and fifth places respectively are "Trouble with the Curve" with $7.2 million and "House at the End of the Street" with $71. million.
Other newcomers "Pitch Perfect" and "Won't Back Down" open to the sixth and tenth spots respectively. The former bags $5.1 million, a quite pleasing result since it is released in only 335 theaters. The latter, on the other hand, debuts to a dismal $2.6 million despite the fact that it is screened in 2,515 theaters nationwide.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for September 28-30:
- "Hotel Transylvania" - $42.5 million
- "Looper" - $20.8 million
- "End of Watch" - $7.8 million
- "Trouble with the Curve" - $7.2 million
- "House at the End of the Street" - $7.1 million
- "Pitch Perfect" - $5.1 million
- "Finding Nemo" 3D - $4 million
- "Resident Evil: Retribution" - $2.9 million
- "The Master" - $2.6 million
- "Won't Back Down" - $2.6 million