Adam Sandler is back on top of the box office this weekend as his animated comedy “Hotel Transylvania” came out number one, opening with a solid $43 million. This is good news and a welcome return to the top of the box office charts for Sandler. His other movie this year, the live action comedy, “That’s My Boy” grossed only $15 million in its opening weekend in June.
“Looper”, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, came out in second place in its opening weekend with $21.2 million. The mind-trip sci-fi action flick has drawn rave reviews from critics and audiences but the word of mouth wasn’t enough to challenge the animated adventures of Dracula and company. The action drama “End of Watch” dropped to third with $8 million, while Clint Eastwood’s baseball adventure “Trouble with the Curve” came in fourth with $7.53 million. Coming in fifth was the long-shelved Jennifer Lawrence horror tale, “House at the End of the Street”.
Next week, Liam Neeson returns as Brian Mills in “Taken 2” and Tim Burton returns to animation with “Frankenweenie”.
1. “Hotel Transylvania” (Sony): $43,000,000
2. “Looper” (Tri Star): $21,200,000
3. “End of Watch” (Open Road Films) $8,000,000
4. “Trouble with the Curve” (Warner Bros.): $7,530,000
5. “House at the End of The Street” (Relative Media) $7,154,000
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