“Hotel Transylvania” breaks new records for Sony Pictures Animation, while four new nationwide releases all underperform this weekend.
Four new nationwide releases all underperformed this weekend, allowing Ben Affleck’s period political thriller Argo to move up to first place. Argo made $12.4 million this weekend for a total of $60.8 million in the film’s three weeks at the box office.
Hotel Transylvania jumped from fourth place last weekend up to second place this weekend with $9.5 million. The movie has now grossed $130.4 million, making it Sony Pictures Animation's top animated movie feature ahead of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ($124.9 million)
In third place, Cloud Atlas had the highest debut among this weekend's newcomers with $9.4 million, the lowest nationwide launch ever for the Wachowski siblings, who co-directed with Tom Tykwer.
Paramount's Paranormal Activity 4 slid to fourth place this weekend, making $8.7 million for a 10-day total of $42.6 million.
Fifth place was a tie between Taken 2 and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, both of which brought in $8 million this weekend. For Taken 2, that brings its total to $117.4 million through four weekends. Silent Hill, however, opened to $8 million, well below the first movie’s $20.2 million opening.
Sony family comedy Here Comes the Boom came in seventh, making $5.5 million on its third weekend out for a total of $30.6 million.
Summit Entertainment's horror feature Sinister came in at number eight this weekend, bringing in $5.1 million for a total of $39.5 million.
In ninth place, Summit Entertainment’s Alex Cross, starring Tyler Perry as the fabled Washington, D.C., detective popularized in James Patterson's book series, made $5.1 million for a total of $19.5 million.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Paramount’s Fun Size brought in only $4.1 million for its debut, placing it just ahead of surfing drama Chasing Mavericks, which opened in 13th place with just $2.2 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.