As opposed to the previous Halloween seasons, this year it is the dark comedy movie “Hotel Transylvania” that tops U.S. and Canadian box office scoring $43 million this weekend. According to Reuters, the sum of money gathered from ticket sales represents a record for a September opening.
“Hotel Transylvania”, the animated 3-D movie featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomes has done better than any other Dracula-related film. The motion picture pulled in $43 million from tickets that were sold across North American theaters.
According to the trailer of the movie, “Hotel Transylvania” is the place where world’s major monsters, such as, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, Dracula and other evil spirits hide from humans. The peacefulness of their realm is disturbed by the appearance of a young tourist who falls in love with Dracula’s daughter. Many humorous situations arise from the fact that the boy has to deal with the daughter’s overprotective father, whose voice is provided by Adam Sandler.
Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Corp’s Sony Pictures studio was pleasantly surprised by the success of the movie during its first weekend. He estimated that the film will produce approximately $25 million from North American ticket sales, but the movie gathered $43 million. The global debut amounted to $51.1 million thanks to the $8.1 million gained from international markets. Bruer described the sum of money as “incredible” taking into consideration the current Hollywood revenues.
The biggest sum of money raised by a production launched in September was the $35.65 million pulled in by “Sweet Home Alabama” in 2002. Its 10-year record was now dethroned by “Hotel Transylvania”.
On the second position of this weekend’s box office is the science fiction production “Looper” starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. The time travel story about a man who is charged with killing an older version of himself raised $21.2 million from Friday through Sunday. “End of Watch” landed on the third place with its $8 million revenue, whereas Clint Eastwood’s baseball film “Trouble with the Curves” earned $7.5 million occupying the fourth position. This month’s best horror flick seems to be “House At The End Of The Street” as it cashed in $7.2 million during its second weekend.