Weekend Box Office: ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ Scored the Biggest September Debut

September 25-27

The PG-rated animated pic Hotel Transylvania 2 has set the new record for the biggest September opening of all time with $47.5 million. The movie for ages six and above looks as good as the first installment and won’t bore the adults either.

Sony Animation sequel shattered the $42.5 million record set by the original 2012 Hotel Transylvania. Elsewhere, Robert De NiroAnne Hathaway comedy The Intern tops last week’s #1 movie Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Everest, and took a distant second with $18.2 million. The result was far above my expectations and I must admit writer/director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated) is really a brand name.

Universal’s mountain climbing saga Everest took fourth place with only $13.1 million after expanding nationwide. Overseas, the PG-13-rated film is doing huge business, having grossed $73.7 million so far. Warner Bros.’ true-life mob drama Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp rounded out the top five and earned $11.5 million in its second weekend.

Eli Roth‘s cannibal horror film The Green Inferno, which made its world premiere two years ago at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, grossed a meek $3.5 million to come in No. 9. Denis Villeneuve‘s acclaimed crime-thriller Sicario moved from six to 59 theaters, and it took in $1.8 million for the weekend to claim a place in the Top 10 before its nationwide expansion this coming Friday.

Top Ten Chart

Next weekend also sees the IMAX debut of Robert Zemeckis‘ high-wire biopic The Walk, and the debut of Ridley Scott‘s latest sci-fi space adventure The Martian.