Friday box office reports showed Hotel Transylvania to be on its way to breaking a record. New reports demonstrate that’s exactly what it did, by quite a lot.
Not only was its estimated $43 million opening weekend the biggest since The Dark Knight Rises and the best for the movie’s studio, Sony; it has also broken the record for biggest opening weekend for a Sept. release. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it beat previous record-holder Sweet Home Alabama‘s $35.6 million opening in 2002. Hotel Transylvania also broke Sweet Home Alabama‘s record ($14.7 million) for best Sept. day, making $19 million on Saturday alone. The 3D family film made $51.1 million worldwide.
Sony’s Rory Bruer was ecstatic about the news: “Everyone in our company just loved this film. And to perform at this level in September shows that Hotel Transylvania has something for everyone.”
Sony had another success with Looper, which was released by their TriStar label, along with Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict. The sci-fi thriller came in at number two, making $21.2 million.
The news is a departure from the disappointing past few weeks at the box office. In fact, weekend revenue is estimated to be up by 24 percent compared to last year.