The spooky animated movie Hotel Transylvania, featuring voices from Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg, opened on top for Friday’s box office, with $11 million. That puts it on the road to breaking the record for best opening weekend ever for a Sept. release.
According to Zap2It, Sweet Home Alabama currently holds that record. The romantic comedy, starring Reese Witherspoon, opened in 2002 to $35.6 million on its opening weekend.
The mind-bending sci-fi thriller Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, also started it opening weekend on a high note. It opened in second place with $6.9 million on Friday, and it is projected to make over $20 million for the weekend overall. The film also received excellent reviews.
Third, fourth and fifth place went to last weekend’s top films, End of Watch ($2.4 million), House at the End of the Street ($2.33 million) and Trouble With the Curve ($2.3 million), respectively.
Another impressive opening weekend went to the musical comedy Pitch Perfect, which opened in limited release on 335 screens. The film made $1.75 million on Friday, averaging more than $5,000 per theater. If this weekend is any indication, the film will do well next weekend when it receives a wider release.