After five weeks of slow box office, things are finally looking up thanks to Sony taking the top two spots.
Hotel Transylvania had the biggest September opening ever, beating out the one set by Sweet Home Alabama back in 2002. The new animated festure was the biggest release yet for the animation arm of the studio and brought in $43 million off of a reported $85 million dollar budget.
Sony also secured the second spot this week with its new sci-fi action thriller Looper which came in with $21.2 million off of a $30 million budget. The film is also reportedly bringing in $23 million in China this weekend, marking the first time a film has opened larger in the growing film market that in the U.S. Considering the budget, this sounds like it’s going to do extremely well.
End of Watch had an excellent second weekend, dropping only 39.2 percent from its opening weekend. Anything under a 50 percent drop is considered a success, so it did well.
Fourth place went to Trouble with the Curve which saw a drop of 38.1 percent drop.
House at the End of the Street landed in fifth with a slowdown of 41.8 percent, so every film seems to have enjoyed some extra bumps from the business. Maybe everyone just wanted to get out of the house?
Next weekend sees the release of Frankenweenie, Taken 2 and Pitch Perfect.
Oh, Dredd 3d? 11th place with $2.28 million. I might as well give up my hopes of a sequel now.