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Sony finally brings the box office out of its September slumber. Adam Sandler‘s animated “Hotel Transylvania” set a new September record and became the highest-grossing animated film opening weekend for the studio.
It’s other film, “Looper” starring Bruce Willis had everything going for it with good theatre scores, and “Batman” actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, so It was a bit of a surprise to see it not earn at least $25 million.
Meanwhile, Universal’s “Pitch Perfect” soared in a limited release of 335 theatres.
And, theatres weren’t kind to Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis’ drama about two mothers trying to take on the school system.
Out of the top 10 this week include two Lionsgate films: comic adaptation “Dredd,” which has earned $10.8 million in its two weeks at theatres, and horror film, “The Possession” after five weeks at theatres.
Here are this weekends winners and losers at the box office:
10. New release “Won’t Back Down” featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal bombs with $2.7 million opening weekend. To consider how low that is, “Pitch Perfect” played at 2,180 less theatres than Fox’s teacher flick, yet earned nearly double in movie sales.
9. The Weinstein Company’s “The Master” featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix falls two places this weekend earning $2.75 million. In three weeks, the Scientology inspired film has earned $9.6 million.
8. The fifth instalment of “Resident Evil” slowly fizzles out in the U.S. with $3 million this weekend. The franchise continues to boom overseas. In three weeks, it has earned $137 million in foreign sales compared to $38.7 million domestic.
7. Disney’s “Finding Nemo” drops three spots earning $4 million in week three. The 3D re-release has now earned $36.4 million, more than “Toy Story/Toy Story 2” during week three ($3 million / $28.5 million cumulative), but far less than “Beauty and the Beast” ($5.3 million / $41.1 million cumulative) and “The Lion King” ($10.6 million / $79.2 million cumulative).
6. “Pitch Perfect” may have only been in a 335 limited release; however, the film earned a massive $5.2 million for Universal. CinemaScore’s initial “A” rating of the film and its $15,522 average per theatre are sure to give the film a massive spike in theatres in the coming weeks.
5. Jennifer Lawrence‘s horror film “House at the End of the Street” has now earned more than double its estimated $10 million budget. It’s $7.1 million weekend puts it at $22.2 million in theatres.
4. “Trouble with the Curve” earns $7.5 million in its second week. Clint Eastwood‘s baseball flick is far below Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball,” which earned a domestic total of $38 million at this point compared with Eastwood’s $23.7 million. His previous film, “J. Edgar” was out of the top 10 by week three.
3. Jake Gyllenhal‘s “End of Watch” dropped nearly 40 per cent with $8 million in week two. In two weeks, the film has earned $26.1 million with an estimated $7 million budget.
2. Time travel movie “Looper” earned $21.2 million during its debut, nearly $8.8 million less than its estimated $30 million budget. That’s $7 million less than summer flick “The Expendables 2” and more than $10 million short of 2007’s “Live Free or Die Hard.”
1. Animated film “Hotel Transylvania” starring Adam Sandler as a parental vampire figure exceeded all expectations with a record-breaking $43 million. The last film to have a big September opening was “Sweet Home Alabama” in 2002 with $35.6 million.
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