Completely out of left field, Hotel Transylvania (review) scored the best-ever September debut, estimating $43 million. The adult portion of the studio’s weekend counterprogramming double-bill, Looper, also overperformed with $21.2 million.
The Jennifer Lawrence starrer House at the End of the Street (review) took in another $7.1m for a total of $22,225,000. Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: Retribution (review) is up to $38,700,000 total after pulling in another $3 million (it should be noted that it’s done a disgusting $175 million worldwide).
Hotel features the voices of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, David Spade, Jon Lovitz, Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon and Selena Gomez. “Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of his best friends – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but everything could change for the overprotective dad when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.“