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Hotel Transylvania 2 proved that the Sony franchise has some strong life behind it, out-performing its predecessor and holding up against the other second-tier animated franchises on the market.
The animated sequel drew an estimated $47 million this weekend for first place, topping the $42 million Hotel Transylvania opened with in 2012. That's on par with recent sequels like Fox's How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($49 million) and Rio 2 ($39 million) but not in the ballpark with big hitters like this summer's Universal release of Minions ($115 million) or Pixar's Inside Out ($90 million).
It's been noted that Hotel Transylvania 2 broke a minor record within the studio this weekend (biggest opening of the year so far), but it's not so much an impressive achievement as par for the course. Sony's animation department isn't known for major box office performance and one of the the studio's bigger hitters, the Bond franchise, will release Spectre in a few weeks, which will likely eclipse Hotel Transylvania 2's opening.
Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro teamed up for The Intern and the $18 million second place opening result was a slightly better than expected if somewhat quiet start for the comedy. Thriller Everest increased its number of locations by almost 500% this weekend but only improved about 80% on its sales from last weekend, adding just $13 million to its now $23 million domestic total. The continued weak streak in the US was countered by stronger international ticket sales which have boosted its total to almost $100 million world wide.
Eli Roth's newest indie horror offering The Green Inferno opened in ninth place with just $3 million. That's the weakest ever start for a Roth helmed pic and a rough return for the first wide release movie he's directed since Hostel 2 in 2007. Meanwhile Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro's Sicario expanded to just 60 venues but managed to pull in $30,000 per venue (compared with number one Hotel Transylvania 2's $12,000 per venue). That's a strong small release start, but not a promise of huge success when it expands nation wide next weekend.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: