Weekend Box Office
Hotel Transylvania 2 checked in $47.5 million over the weekend, setting a new opening weekend record for the month of the September. The film opened 12% stronger than the first film and previous September record holder did back in 2012. Looks like Sony Pictures has finally found some use for Adam Sandler, whose previous film, Pixels, severely underperformed for them earlier this year. Here’s hoping he sticks to animation.
Nancy Meyer’s The Intern did well over the weekend, grossing $17.73 million. The film now boasts writer/director Nancy Meyer’s third biggest opening, only behind It’s Complicated and What Women Want. No doubt the team-up of Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro helped attract audiences to the theaters, but this is also a notable film for DeNiro as it is now his ninth largest film opening, slightly under 1999’s Analyze This.
Down from first place last weekend is Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, grossing $14.27 million. The sequel slowed down 53% from last weekend and, since its debut ten days ago, has grossed $51.96 million domestically. It’s disappointing, compared to the $57.96 million ten-day run of The Maze Runner.
On the other hand, Everest climbed up from last week to $13.24. It’s a modest take, but certainly anti-climactic given the expectations that came from its big IMAX-exclusive debut. Across all formats, the film has grossed $23.38 million since its debut last week, with almost exactly half of that coming from special screen formats. We shall see if this release strategy bodes the same fate for TriStar’s The Walk, which comes out this weekend.
Black Mass rounds out the top five with $11.03 million. The film has grossed a domestic total of $42.13 million.
Everest scaled to a worldwide total of $96.8 million after grossing $33.8 million overseas this past weekend.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials crossed $100 million outside of North America thanks to some countries like South Korea ($4.1 million) and Germany ($2.0 million). It grossed $28.4 million from 70 territories over the weekends, bringing its worldwide total to $173.3 million.
They found water on Mars, but will The Martian find its audience? Tune in next week.
1.) The Martian
2.) Hotel Transylvania 2
3.) The Intern
4.) The Walk
5.) Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
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