Hotel Transylvania 2 sets September Box Office Record
Hotel Translyvania 2 had the highest September Box Office debut weekend on record, surpassing… the first Hotel Transylvania in 2012. The second sunk its teeth into $47.5M compared the $42.5 earned by the first. This is also a bit of redemption for Adam Sandler (Voice of Dracula) as Pixels was a major bust for Sony Pictures.
Coming in at number two is The Intern starring Robert Deniro, while it may have not broken any records the older female crowd did show up for it despite the mixed reviews. Earning $18.2 million is solid enough considering the film cost a mere $40 million to produce and put’s in line with Nancy Meyers’ previous debuts such as Something’s Gotta Give ($16.1 million) and The Holiday ($12.8 million).
Last week’s champ, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. The Post apocalyptic teen flick trying to cash in on that Hunger Games crowd, Maze Runner earned a meagre $14 million in its second weekend. While it may not be a smash hit domestically it is playing well abroad.
Next up we have Everest in at number 4 with $11.5 million in it’s expanded release. Last weekend Everest had earned $7.5 million in Imax only and despite the positive reviews and expanding to over 3,000 theatres, Everest could not turn that snowball into an avalanche.
Ok that was a shitty metaphor, but speaking of shitty I turn your attention to M. Night Shymalan. His latest effort The Visit is an actual financial hit! The $5 million budgeted horror earned an estimated $6.7 million on the weekend and $52.3 million in earnings so far. This however does not excuse him of his previous atrocities (The Last Airbender anyone?).
Eli Roth’s Green Inferno was the weekend’s only other wide release. The low-budget horror film earned $3.5 million from 1,540 locations. In what is a novel distribution experiment from Jason Blum (Kevin Smith has shopped some his films like this as well). Blumhouse limited the number of locations where the picture screened and leaned heavily on digital marketing to keep costs low. The hope was to find a middle ground between straight to on-demand releases and wide, 3,000 screen debuts, while a great idea, the film needed a debut between $4 million and $5 million to recoup its $6 million budget.
- Hotel Transylvania 2 $47.5 million
- The Intern $18.2 million
- Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials $14 million
- Everest $13 million
- Black Mass $11.5 million
- The Visit $6.7 million
- The Perfect Guy $4.7 million
- War Room $4.2 million
- The Green Inferno $3.5 million
- Sicario $1.7 million