I think this weekend proved movie audiences don’t mind listening to Adam Sandler, they just don’t want to see him.
“Hotel Transylvania 2″ followed in the footsteps of its 2012 predecessor and set a brand new September opening weekend record. The animated sequel topped its predecessor, and previous September opening weekend record holder, by almost $5 million with an estimated weekend haul totaling $47.5 million. Despite featuring the voice of Adam Sandler as Dracula, the movie still managed to earn an A-” CinemaScore (same as the first film),
This is good news for Sandler, and for any potential sequels in the Hotel Transylvania series. But I’m still curious why these movies don’t open closer to Halloween. But I guess if you’re setting record, it doesn’t really matter when you open in theatres.
In second place was “The Intern,” the new Nancy Meyers film starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. The film scored an “A-” CinemaScore and an estimated $18.2 million for the weekend. The result is the second best opening for a Meyers film out of her last four, topped only by 2009’s “It’s Complicated” ($22.1 million). It’s also the ninth-biggest debut for a film starring Robert De Niro.
The audience breakdown for “The Intern,” went pretty much as expected: the film skewed towards female moviegoers (62 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (88 percent).
Meanwhile, the expansion of Universal’s “Everest” wasn’t nearly what was expected. Universal pushed the film from its limited IMAX and premium large format release last week into an additional 2,461 theaters this weekend where it made an estimated $13 million. The result was just enough for a fourth place finish, not the result that Universal was hoping for after the film’s excellent limited opening.
One expansion that did better was the limited expansion of Lionsgate’s “Sicario.” Adding only 53 theaters after opening in six last weekend, the cartel thriller scored an estimated $1.7 million this weekend, enough for a tenth place finish and strong $30,000 per theater average. The big test comes next week when “Sicario” expands nationwide and competes with “The Martian” for much of the same audience.
I guess I need to talk about “The Green Inferno,” but I don’t wanna ’cause I hate Eli Roth movies. But anyways, let’s just get this over with, shall we?
Roth’s cannibal horror film was delayed a year after some distribution trouble. BH Tilt eventually picked up the rights and boldly experimented with a targeted release in 1,540 theaters. The film opened in ninth place with an estimated $3.49 million. However, the opening day audience didn’t seem entirely impressed as the film earned a “C-” CinemaScore, which doesn’t exactly bode well for its future prospects. Look for “The Green Inferno” to have a huge drop next weekend.
As for the new guys from last weekend, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” dropped 53.8% for an estimated $14 million and “Black Mass” dropped a shade under 50% for an estimated $11.5 million second week.