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Box Office: 'Hotel Transylvania' Breaks September Record, Beats 'Looper'

October 1, 2012 (1:36 am) GMT
The animated film starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez scores the biggest September opening weekend in history, besting previous record holder 'Sweet Home Alabama'.
Box Office: 'Hotel Transylvania' Breaks September Record, Beats 'Looper'

After incessant slow weekends throughout September, North American box office is finally topped by a movie which debuts to more than $20 million. Sony Pictures' animated pic "", which receives a sizzling "A-" CinemaScore from the audience, successfully claims the champion title with $42.5 million.

The result marks the biggest September opening weekend of all time, besting "Sweet Home Alabama" which collected $35.6 million in September 2002. The and -starring family movie also becomes the best result to date for Sony's animation unit.

Sony's big win this weekend doesn't stop there as its other film, "", also opens to a solid result at the end of the month. Receiving a "B+" CinemaScore, the mind-bending sci-fi movie starring and takes in $20.8 million and places second.

Of the astounding result for its two movies, Sony's President of Distribution Rory Bruer says, "More than anything, this film has been such a collaboration of talent, and it paid off in such a huge way. Everyone in our company just loved this film. And to perform at this level in September shows that 'Hotel Transylvania' has something for everyone. And to have a second film ['Looper'] do so well is an incredible feat."

Last week's chart-topper "" drops to the third place with $7.8 million for a total domestic cume of $26.1 million after two weeks of playing Stateside. Landing on the fourth and fifth places respectively are "" with $7.2 million and "" with $71. million.

Other newcomers "" and "" open to the sixth and tenth spots respectively. The former bags $5.1 million, a quite pleasing result since it is released in only 335 theaters. The latter, on the other hand, debuts to a dismal $2.6 million despite the fact that it is screened in 2,515 theaters nationwide.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for September 28-30:

  1. "" - $42.5 million
  2. "" - $20.8 million
  3. "" - $7.8 million
  4. "" - $7.2 million
  5. "" - $7.1 million
  6. "" - $5.1 million
  7. "" 3D - $4 million
  8. "" - $2.9 million
  9. "" - $2.6 million
  10. "" - $2.6 million


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