Sony dominated this week's box office with over $60 million dollars in opening weekend revenue, and a solid grasp on the top two spots.
In at number 1 is the Sony Animation Studios feature Hotel Transylvania (read our review), which brought in $43 million over the weekend. This makes it Sony's best animated debut yet, as well as Adam Sandler's second best opening weekend behind the remake of The Longest Yard. If that wasn't enough reason for Sony to get excited, Hotel Transylvania's $43 million is also the best opening weekend for the month of September (when not adjusting for inflation). Needless to say we wouldn't be surprised if Dracula and his cohorts took us back to Hotel Transylvania in a couple of years.
Coming in at a distant, but respectable, second is the Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis film, Looper (read our review), with $21 million. The time-bending, sci-fi flick from director Rian Johnson had a lot of positive buzz going into the weekend, and it looks like that word of mouth will help the film exceed (at the very least) its $30 million budget. For director Johnson, however, the film's opening weekend haul already makes it his highest grossing film to date.
As we move into the remainder of the top five it's another three-way, photo finish with End of Watch reportedly snagging the number 3 spot with $8 million. The Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle barely pulled out a first place finish last week and is now up to $26 million in total domestic grosses.
Nipping at End of Watch's heels is Clint Eastwood's Trouble with the Curve with $7.5 million. Now at $23 million total, the film is certainly not Eastwood's worst film in terms of box office grosses, but its performance is somewhat telling of the star's viability as a bankable actor, especially when he's not also directing.
Rounding out the top 5 is House at the End of the Street, or as the cool kids are calling it, HATES, with $7.1 million. Looking at the numbers only, HATES' $23 million to-date makes it Jennifer Lawrence's (Hunger Games) weakest wide release.
At number six is Universal's Pitch Perfect with $5 million. The film, which focuses on an unconventional, all-girl a capella group, only opened on 335 screens - so its $11,000 per-screen-average suggests good things may be in store when the film goes wide next weekend.
Disney/Pixar's 3D re-release of Finding Nemo comes in at number 7 with $4 million, bringing its 3D-only gross up to $36 million. However, with Disney's next 3D feature, Frankenweenie, set to debut on Friday, we'd say that Finding Nemo has done all the substantial business it was going to do.
Resident Evil: Retribution shambled its way into the number 8 spot with $3 million. Now at $38 million to-date, the film is going to clear the first (and arguably best) Resident Evil, but will likely trail entries number two through four when all is said and done.
Right behind Resident Evil is Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, which continues to hold a strong per-screen average as it debuts on more screens. With $2.74 million this weekend, and $9 million to-date, the film should continue to pull in decent numbers as The Weinstein Co. makes its Oscar push.
And in the number 10 spot is Won't Back Down with $2.7 million. The film, which has some decent star power in Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, is surely a disappointment for Fox.
Speaking of disappointments, Lionsgate's reboot of Dredd only grossed $2.2 million this weekend, bringing its total thus far up to a paltry $10 million. Despite a strong response from critics, and those fans willing to give the film a chance, it appears this might be the last we see of the 2000 AD hero on the big screen.
And finally, Summit's adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower ($1.13 million this weekend) posted another exceptional per-screen average with $11,147 on only 102 screens, bringing its domestic grosses to-date up to a little over $1.4 million. The Stephen Chbosky-directed film – which is based on his best-selling novel – is garnering mostly positive praise (read our review), and the presence of Harry Potter star Emma Watson certainly doesn't hurt.
Source: Box Office Mojo