“Hotel Transylvania 2” broke the record for an opening weekend in September and easily won the box office race, according to industry figures reported Monday by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo. The animated family comedy sequel, featuring the voice of Adam Sandler as Dracula, grossed $48.4 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday. The total topped the previous September record holder, the original “Hotel Transylvania,” which opened with $42.5 million in 2012.
Critics offered mixed opinions on “Hotel Transylvania 2,” but audiences seemed to like the sequel. A middling 51 percent of reviews were positive but 81 percent of moviegoers liked “Hotel Transylvania 2,” according to movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “is marginally better than the original, which may or may not be enough of a recommendation to watch 89 minutes of corny, colorfully animated gags from Adam Sandler and company.”
Comedy “The Intern,” starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, debuted at No. 2 with $17.7 million. An okay 57 percent of reviews were positive but 81 percent of moviegoers liked “The Intern,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “doesn’t do enough with its timely premise, but benefits from the unorthodox chemistry of its talented leads.”
After one weekend at No. 1, action sci-fi sequel “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” dropped two spots to No. 3 in its second weekend, grossing $14.2 million for a total of $51.9 million since opening Sept. 18. R-rated action crime drama “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp, fell three spots to No. 5 in its second weekend, grossing $11 million for a total of $42.1 million since opening Sept. 18.
Following a strong performance exclusively in IMAX theaters last weekend, mountain-climbing adventure “Everest” expanded to all formats and climbed one spot to No. 4 in its second weekend, grossing $13.2 million for a total of $23.2 million. A solid 73 percent of reviews were positive and 77 percent of moviegoers liked “Everest,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “boasts all the dizzying cinematography a person could hope to get out a movie about mountain climbers, even if it’s content to tread less challenging narrative terrain.”
Eli Roth’s cannibal horror flick “The Green Inferno” opened at No. 9 with $3.5 million. Only 38 percent of reviews were positive and 43 percent of moviegoers liked “The Green Inferno,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “may not win writer-director Eli Roth many new converts, but fans of his flair for gory spectacle should find it a suitably gruesome diversion.”
For the second straight weekend, “Sicario” enjoyed the highest per-theater average ($29,107). The R-rated crime drama, starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, expanded from six to 59 theaters and grossed $1.7 million for a total of $2.2 million. “Sicario” opens nationwide, Friday, Oct. 2. An outstanding 92 percent of reviews were positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “is a taut, tightly wound thriller with much more on its mind than attention-getting set pieces.”
In addition to the nationwide release of “Sicario” on Friday, Oct. 2, action sci-fi adventure “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon, also opens. Based on the novel and directed by Ridley Scott, “The Martian” is about an astronaut who survives a manned mission to Mars and must survive on his meager supplies and wits. The film is rated PG-13.