HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA opened to a stunning $43m 3 day weekend haul (which makes Australia’s $1.7m opening look a little meagre, but the U.S. didn’t have Madagascar 3 to contend with so it’s all relative) which was double the gross of it’s nearest rival, Sony’s other opener LOOPER.
LOOPER came in 2nd with a respectable $21.2m for the 3 days and given the wall of male skew and genre fare in the market place (END OF WATCH, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET, RESIDENT EVIL) it’s a great result for the critically loved sci fi actioner.
The other big big winner is PITCH PERFECT, the musical comedy based on a true story, that went out on limited release (335 screens) and took in $5.1m. That’s a screen average of $15k+ and to put it in perspective HOTEL TRANSLYVANIA went out on 3,349 and had it that screen average it would’ve grossed $51m+ in the opening 3 days. The film expands this weekend in the U.S. and opens here early december.
Fox’s Walden Media political agenda movie WON’T BACK DOWN (courageous women fighting the failing U.S. education system) was still born at the box office. Amidst strong reviews the film just couldn’t find footing in the market place and of 2,500+ screens only drew a $2.6m result. (Or maybe its because they’ve just come off school holidays, all the kids have gone back to school and you release a film about how American education is failing children?)
1. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (Sony) – $43 million
2. LOOPER (Sony TriStar) – $21.2 million
3. END OF WATCH (Open Road) – $8 million ($26.2 mil.)
4. TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (Warner Bros.) – $7.5 million ($23.7 mil.)
5. THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (Relativity) – $7.2 million ($22.2 mil.)
6. PITCH PERFECT (Universal) – $5.1 million
7. 3D FINDING NEMO (Disney) – $3.8 million ($36 mil.)
8.3D RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (Sony) – $2.8 million ($39 mil.)
9. WON’T BACK DOWN (Fox) – $2.7 million
10. THE MASTER (The Weinstein Company) – $2.6 million ($9.5 mil.)
Figures courtesy The Playlist