Weekend box office: Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Intern have impressive openings

When your career is in the garbage and you haven’t had a hit in a long time, it’s always nice to be able to call on an animated franchise that can pad your bank account and get your name back in the spotlight.  Just ask Mike Myers.  And after flirting with $50 million at the weekend box office for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2, it looks like we’re going to get one of these movies every other year for the foreseeable future.  But hopefully no one will get any delusions of grandeur here because although $50 million is impressive, keep in mind that there was zero competition as far as kids movies go and Halloween is only a month away, so it had the benefit of perfect timing.  The other new movie of the weekend was THE INTERN with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.  The film did better than I thought it would despite looking like an extremely average, run of the mill mild comedy.  Again, not a lot of competition out there as far as lighthearted adult comedies go.  I was also pleasantly surprised to see SICARIO sneak into the top ten despite being on less than 60 screens.  Early buzz for the drug war film is positive, so it should do well when it opens wide.

Next week sees the release of Ridley Scott’s THE MARTIAN starring Matt Damon.  It might not be as great as GRAVITY or as deep as INTERSTELLAR, but I think audiences are going to respond to THE MARTIAN better and the film might actually be more successful than the other two films.  We also get Joseph Gordon-Levitt in THE WALK, which looks like it will be visually breathtaking, but I’m not sure how well the movie as a whole will come together.  It will be between THE MARTIAN and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 and I never bet against a kids movie.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Hotel Transylvania 2 $48.2m

2. The Intern $18.6m

3. Maze Runner: Scorch Trials $14m

4. Everest $12.4m

5. Black Mass $11.5m

6. The Visit $6.5m

7. The Perfect Guy $4.6m

8. War Room $4.2m

9. The Green Inferno $3.5m

10. Sicario $1.2m

(Deadline)

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