The animated sequel “Hotel Transylvania 2” topped the weekend box office, hauling in an impressive $47.5 million – a big and rare win of late for both star Adam Sandler and distributor Sony Pictures.
In fact it’s Sony’s biggest opening in over a year, and sets a new September record – a full $5 million ahead of the first film’s $42.5 million launch in 2012. Budgeted at an economical (by animation standards) $80 million, the film has proven a winner.
The other big newcomer this weekend was Nancy Meyers’ Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway-led comedy “The Intern” which made a solid $18.2 million in its second place finish – that’s about on par with Meyers’ other films.
After an IMAX run last weekend, “Everest” went wide and pulled in a further $13.1 million along with a healthy $73.7 million from various overseas territories.
Holdovers “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” and “Black Mass” held well, as did “Sicario” which remains in limited release ahead of a wide opening on Friday.
Eli Roth’s cannibal thriller “Green Inferno” opened to $3.5 million and ninth place, coming in a little below expectations. Blumhouse tried an mostly online approach to marketing and a mid-range release – but the experiment wasn’t quite the success they hoped.
In limited release, the Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon-led “99 Homes” opened in limited release on two screens to a solid $16,403 screen average, and the Ben Mendelsohn-led gambling drama “Mississippi Grind” scored $14,335.
Faring disastrously though was Roland Emmerich’s gay rights drama “Stonewall”. Opening on 129 screens it managed $112,414, a $871 per screen average. The film suffered a major backlash from the gay community for its playing loose with the facts take on the famous incident that sparked the gay rights movement.