The weekend brought in three new major releases, continuing to liven up the box office in what is supposed to be a slow time of the year.
September has long been a dead zone for studios to drop movies that don’t get premier summer slots or coveted late-year slots when all the award-bait movies and blockbusters hit their stride. But don’t tell that to the Drac Pack, who set a new September high, improving on their 2012 record by almost $6 million to $48.4 million.
The first Adam Sandler-voiced animated movie was the previous record holder at $42.5 million, but it sequel surpassed that sum, showing Hollywood not all great animated features need a summer slot to set records (Minions, Inside Out).
With an A- Cinemascore and no immediate competition (which would be Goosebumps on October 16th), and if it follows the week-to-week declined of the first film, Hotel Transylvania 2 might reach at least $150 million by the end of its run.
Coming in at second place is the Nancy Meyer workplace comedy, The Intern, starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway. The $17.7 million opening weekend is lower than Nancy Meyer’s last movie, It’s Complicated, which opened to $22.1 million. If the The Intern develops long legs, and with good word of mouth with an A- Cinemascore, it might be able to top $90 million.
Rounding out the top five a three holdovers from previous weeks, with Maze Runner: Scorch Trials shopping up $14.2 million in its second outing, Everest with $13.2 million – in its wide release after an IMAX only release last week – and Black Mass bringing in $11 million. Everest is the only film that didn’t decline, outpacing last weekend by 83%, playing in 2,461 more screens.
The other major release, Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, took in $3.5 million in 1,540 screens. Roth’s first film in eight years is his lowest opening ever. His last film, Hostel Part II, opened to $8.2 million in 2007.
- Hotel Transylvania 2, $48.6 million
- The Intern, $17.7 million
- Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, $14.2 million ($51.9 million)
- Everest, $13.2 million ($23.2 million)
- Black Mass, $11 million ($42.1 million)
Source: Box Office Mojo