Box Office: ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ Nabs Highest Debut for September
Animated comedy “Hotel Transylvania 2” opened to a dazzling $48.5 million from 3,754 locations. The comedy became the all-time highest debut for September, one of the lowest-grossing months of any year. The previous record holder was the first film, “Hotel Transylvania”, which launched to $42.5 million in North America in the same month in 2012.
“We had a great date, and this is a big win for Sony Pictures Animation,” said Sony president of marketing Josh Greenstein. “And the movie is exploding.”
Another newcomer at domestic box office was Nancy Meyers’ comedy “The Intern”. Starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, the movie opened to $17.7 million against a $40 million budget.
In the third place was Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”, which earned $14.3 million from 3,792 locations for a domestic total of $52 million. Meanwhile, “Everest” came behind “The Scorch Trials” with $13.2 million in its second weekend. The movie came in behind expectations, having grossed $23.1 million domestically after 10 days in theaters.
Rounding out the top five was Johny Depp’s “Black Mass”, which added another $11 million for domestic total of $42.1 million.