‘Hotel Transylvania’ Could Break Box Office Record, ‘Looper’ Starts Out Strong

    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.