Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2 was expected by most to take the top spot at the box office this weekend, but the estimates from Box Office Mojo reveal that the animated sequel actually set a box office record. Hotel Transylvania 2 took in an impressive $47.5 million this weekend, surpassing its predecessor Hotel Transylvania's September opening weekend record of $42.5 million. The sequel opened in 3,754 theaters, over 400 more than the original movie, pulling in a solid $12,653 per-screen average. September isn't typically a huge month for box office receipts, but this animated franchise proves that families will still come out in full force, even though summer is officially over.
Hotel Transylvania 2 brings back original voice cast members Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi and David Spade, with new additions including Keegan Michael Key and Mel Brooks. The animated movie sequel didn't fare terribly well with the nation's critics, earning a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just a bit higher than Hotel Transylvania's 44% rating. The original movie earned $358.3 million worldwide from an $85 million budget, but we'll have to wait and see if the follow-up can match or surpass those numbers.
The Intern, which boasts a cast lead by A-list stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, debuted in second place with $18.2 million, beating out The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which dropped to third place with $14 million after taking the top spot last weekend. The Intern received mixed reviews from the nation's critics with a 56% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a $5,514 per-screen average from 3,305 theaters. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials's $14 million take is down 53.8% from last weekend's total, with an overall domestic take of $51.6 million from a $61 million production budget. The original Maze Runner earned $102 million at the domestic box office and $340 million worldwide, so this follow-up is well on its way to replicating its predecessor's success. Dylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster reprise their roles from the original, with new cast members including Jacob Lofland, Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito.
Coming in fourth place this weekend is Universal Pictures' Everest, which expanded to 3,006 theaters after debuting in over 500 IMAX theaters last weekend. Everest jumped from fifth place last weekend to fourth place with $13 million, pulling in a $4,355 per-screen average. The film, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Thomas M. Wright, has earned $23.1 million in its two-week run, with an impressive 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Black Mass dropped from second place to $11.5 million, dropping 49.1% in its second weekend, pulling in a $3,610 per-screen average from 3,188 theaters. Black Mass, which stars Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane and Adam Scott, has earned $42.6 million from a $53 million budget. The film is garnering Oscar buzz for Johnny Depp's performance, but we'll have to wait and see how Oscar oters react to the drama.
Rounding out the top 10 is The Visit ($6.7 million, $52.2 million domestic), The Perfect Guy ($4.7 million, $48.8 million domestic), War Room ($4.2 million, $55.9 million), newcomer The Green Inferno ($3.4 million) and Sicario ($1.7 million, $2.3 million). The Green Inferno, director Eli Roth's first film in seven years, opened in 1,540 theaters but could only muster a paltry $2,269 per-screen average. The critics didn't receive this gory thriller too well, with a 38% rating on Rotten tomatoes. Sicario opened in just six theaters last weekend, pulling in an incredible $401,288 from just six theaters, for an astounding $66,881 per-screen average. This weekend, the critically-acclaimed thriller expanded slightly before its nationwide release next weekend, opening in 59 theaters for a stellar per-screen average of $30,000. Emily Blunt,
Opening in limited release this weekend is Broad Green Pictures' 99 Homes starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, Drafthouse's The Keeping Room starring Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington, A24 Films' Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, Stonewall, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Ashby, starring Mickey Rourke and Emma Roberts are all hitting theaters this weekend. 99 Homes took in $32,807 from two theaters with a $16,404 per-screen average, with Mississippi Grind pulling in $14,335 from just one theater. Stonewall earned $112,414 from 129 theaters, for a dreadful per-screen average of $871. No box office data was released yet for The Keeping Room and Ashby yet.
Looking ahead to next weekend, 20th Century Fox's The Martian is the only film opening in wide release, although it will contend with Sicario in its nationwide expansion. The Martian has been getting plenty of praise itself leading up to next weekend's release, earning rave reviews after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. Matt Damon leads an all-star cast including Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Mackenzie Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels in this outer space thriller from director Ridley Scott. On the heels of Everest's successful IMAX-only run, The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will also debut on Wednesday, September 30 in IMAX, ahead of its nationwide release on October 9. Also opening in limited release is Lionsgate's Freeheld, The Weinstein Company's Shanghai and Well Go USA's Partisan. Be sure to check back on Tuesday for next weekend's box office predictions, and again one week from today for the box office estimates. Until then, take a look at the top 10 for this weekend at the box office.
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