Hotel Transylvania sets September box office record in US
Story by Jack Foley
ANIMATED comedy Hotel Transylvania has set a new record for a September opening in the US.
The 3D flick – featuring a voice cast led by Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez – debuted with a whopping $43 million, to mark the best opening of any film since The Dark Knight Rises.
The comedy, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, features Dracula as an overly protective dad and hotel owner, who must dissuade his vampire teenage daughter from meeting humans.
The film’s performance also marked the highest ever for Sony Pictures Animation.
In what proved to be a bumper weekend for the struggling US box office, Looper also performed well, taking the number two spot with a $21.2 million opening.
Commenting on the performance of both films, Rory Bruer – Sony’s worldwide president of distribution – said: “More than anything, this film [Hotel Transylvania] 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!”
Two of the weekend’s other new releases experienced mixed fortunes. Won’t Back Down, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, misfired with $2.7 million (a flop), while ensemble comedy Pitch Perfect hit No.6 with $5.2 million from just 335 locations, a week ahead of its wider release.