Hotel Transylvania Sets Record with $43 Million Debut
Hotel Transylvania had a monster weekend at the box office. The animated film, featuring Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula, earned an estimated 43 million dollars to open in first place.
Hotel Transylvania set a record for the highest-grossing September debut, surpassing the 35.7 million raised by the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama in 2002.
It's important to keep in mind, though, that ticket prices are higher today than they were a decade ago. Sweet Home Alabama actually sold more tickets during its opening weekend than Hotel Transylvania did over the past three days.
The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-Bruce Willis thriller Looper premiered in second place, collecting 21.2 million dollars.
In its first weekend in theaters, the comedy Pitch Perfect ranked sixth, with 5.2 million. It expands into wide release later this week.
The Viola Davis-Maggie Gyllenhaal drama Won't Back Down bowed in 10th place, with 2.7 million.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday, September 28th, through Sunday, September 30th, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:
1. Hotel Transylvania, $43 million.
2. Looper, $21.2 million.
3. End of Watch, $8 million.
4. Trouble with the Curve, $7.5 million.
5. House at the End of the Street, $7.2 million.
6. Pitch Perfect, $5.2 million.
7. Finding Nemo, $4.1 million.
8. Resident Evil: Retribution, $3 million.
9. The Master, $2.75 million.
10. Won't Back Down, $2.7 million.
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