Unlike last weekend when three new releases - End of Watch, Trouble with the Curve, and House at the End of the Street - all claimed ownership of the top spot on the box office chart, this weekend a clear winner emerged early on. And not only did this weekend's box office winner manage to over-perform, it also set a couple of records while doing so. What movie are we talking about? Hotel Transylvania, the animated family-friendly comedy featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg. Sandler and Samberg's last collaboration (That's My Boy) bombed at the box office, however they had better luck being heard but not seen voicing Count Dracula and a human who falls for Dracula's daughter in Hotel Transylvania.
Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania now holds the title for the biggest opening weekend of any September release, knocking Sweet Home Alabama into second. The animated movie also marks the biggest opening weekend for any film from Sony Pictures Animation.
Finishing second was another release from Sony: Looper. The sci-fi action thriller performed well and is one of the best reviewed movies of the year on Rotten Tomatoes. However, definitely not a box office winner was Fox's Won't Back Down, a drama that generated controversy - and protests - prior to its release over its depiction of teachers.
Top 10 Films for the Weekend of September 28-30, 2012
1) Hotel Transylvania - $43,000,000
1) Looper - $21,200,000
3) End of Watch - $8,000,265
4) Trouble with the Curve - $7,530,000
5) House at the End of the Street - $7,154,000
6) Pitch Perfect - $5,212,600
7) Finding Nemo - $4,066,000
8) Resident Evil: Retribution - $3,000,000
9) The Master - $2,745,000
10) Won't Back Down - $2,700,000
(Photo © Sony Pictures Animation)