Box Office: ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′ Sets September Record With $47.5M; ‘Intern …

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‘Hotel Transylvania 2′ estimated to mint $45 mn.

The sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 debuted with $47.5 million and set a new record for a September box-office bow, according to studio estimates from Rentrak. Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” is outpacing its box office competition, the studio’s conservative projections for the sequel and the original film’s opening weekend numbers — the animated sequel looks poised to rake in upwards of $46 million in its first weekend.Columbia Pictures’ sequel to the 2012 original features the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg and Kevin James, and has been projected to bring in $32 million to $37 million during its opening weekend, with some industry estimates running as high as $45.5 million. It hasn’t fared well with critics, however, and one of the more generous reviews came from Charles Solomon, writing for The Times, who called it “more sentimental and less raunchy” than the original, while suggesting that Genndy Tartakovsky “is a talented director [who] deserves a more interesting assignment than trying to wring laughs out of bodily function jokes.” The first “Hotel Transylvania” brought in $43 million on its first weekend. Sony Animation’s 3D CGI comedy knocked “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” out of the tops spot and three other wide openers — the Robert De Niro-Anne Hathaway comedy “The Intern,” the mountain climbing saga “Everest” and the cannibal horror film “The Green Inferno” — didn’t have a ghost of a chance.

Writer/director Nancy Meyers’ The Intern, which stars Robert De Niro as an aging employee of Anne Hathaway’s e-commerce CEO, opened at No. 2 with an $18.2 million haul fueled by women and older audiences. Director Nancy Meyers’ comedy The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro, opened in the No. 2 slot with $18.2 million from 3,305 theaters. That’s a solid swing for the filmmaker and Warners Bros., considering Meyers’ films target older adults, who don’t rush out on opening weekend but tend to deliver a long run. Eli Roth‘s low-budget chiller”Green Inferno” managed $3.5 million and Lionsgate’s drug war thriller Sicario” impressed with a strong second-week expansion. The strong showing by ‘Hotel Transylvania 2,” directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, comes at a great time for distributor Sony Pictures and Adam Sandler, who provided the pipes for the Count Dracula character that runs the film’s resort for monsters.

Elsewhere, Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest came in behind expectations with $13.1 million from 3,006 theaters as it expanded nationwide after a limited 3D engagement last weekend in Imax and premium large-format theaters. It’s the biggest opening ever for the comic actor, who has been battling a slump at the box office and whose last film “Pixels” disappointed for Sony this summer.

It gives Sony, which is still recovering from last fall’s catastrophic computer hack, its third No. movie in the last four weeks after the low-budget Christian film “War Room” and thriller “The Perfect Guy” connected earlier. Also opening this weekend was Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, which is being released via Blumhouse’s new label BH Tilt, which hopes to avoid a big marketing spend by opening genre fare in targeted theaters. The film, Roth’s first directorial effort in eight years, grossed a meek $3.5 million to come in No. 9, versus the $4 million-$5 million the filmmakers were hoping for. “Eli made a terrifying movie for die hard horror fans that we were proud to have as the first release in our targeting experiment. We tried something new, got close to our goal and are excited to analyze the results and apply what we learn to the next movies under this model,” said John Hegeman, who oversaw the marketing campaign for BH tilt. Edward Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as chess champion Bobby Fischer and Liev Schreiber as his Russian rival, Boris Spassky, likewise expanding in its second weekend, but far more aggressively.

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