'Hotel Transylvania' rules Friday box office with $11 million
The animated "Hotel Transylvania" ruled Friday's box office with $11 million, beating out "Looper," which grossed $6.9 million.
"Hotel Transylvania," which features the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg, is expected to gross between $38 and $40, which could make the film the best September opening of all time, if it beats out current placeholder, "Sweet Home Alabama," which earned $35.6 million in 2002, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"Hotel Transylvania" is about Dracula's (Sandler) "five-stake" holiday resort for monsters, which he built to shield his daughter Mavis (Gomez) from humans. But when a fearless human (Samberg) arrives at the resort, Mavis falls for him.
The cast also includes the voices of Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon and David Spade.
"Looper" is expected to gross up to $21 million for the weekend and has received hugely positive reviews. The sci-fi flick stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, playing younger and older versions of a time traveler.
The movie is set in 2042. Gordon-Lewitt's character, Joseph Simmons, is a Kansas City mafia member and an assassin known as a Looper, who is paid to kill agents sent back in time by their employers. He is shocked to discover that his newest target is his older self.
The film also stars Emily Blunt and was directed by Rian Johnson.
The weekend releases also include "Pitch Perfect," which stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson as members of a female a cappella group, The Bellas who take on their rival all-male campus team.
The musical comedy earned an estimated $1.8 million on Friday after a limited opening in 335 theaters.
Also opening was Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis' drama, "Won't Back Down," which tells the story of two mothers, one of whom is also a teacher, who risk everything to improve their children's failing inner city school.
The drama grossed $921,000 on Friday after opening in 2,515 theaters.
Watch the trailers for "Hotel Transylvania," "Looper," "Pitch Perfect" and "Won't Back Down" below.