This weekend was an unusually big one for movies at this time of year, with “Hotel Transylvania 2” following in its predecessor’s footsteps and setting a new record for highest opening weekend in September ever. The animated comedy that follows a group of monsters, led by Dracula, grossed a whopping $47.5 million. That’s about $5 million more than the first “Hotel Transylvania”—which also set September records back in 2012—opened with. It knocked last weekend’s number one movie, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”, down to third. That movie saw a decline of over half its grosses from last weekend, making $14 million this weekend.
Nancy Meyer’s new film “The Intern” also did very well this weekend, coming in second with $18.2 million. The comedy follows a seventy-year-old retired businessman (played by Robert De Niro) who decides to get back into the game and apply for an internship at a startup run by Anne Hathaway. The film has received generally positive reviews from critics and audiences.
Another movie that is getting mostly positive notices is “Everest”, although it hasn’t proved to be as big a success as most people thought it would. The drama based on the true story of the 1996 disaster on the world’s tallest mountain actually opened in select theaters in IMAX 3D last weekend, debuting in fifth. This weekend it expanded to theaters everywhere, but only jumped from fifth to fourth, making $13.09 million, proof that maybe word of mouth from its first weekend wasn’t strong enough to attract a large audience this weekend, particularly with some strong new films going up against it.
“The Green Inferno”, “Sicario”, and “Pawn Sacrifice” all performed very well in limited release this weekend. “The Green Inferno” is a unique new horror movie from director Eli Roth that is set in the Amazon rainforest. It grossed $3.4 million this weekend, debuting in ninth. This was the second weekend “Sicario” was in theaters, but while it still only played in 59 theaters nationwide, it made a huge $1.7 million, coming in tenth. The drama follows an FBI agent played by Emily Blunt who is sent to help fight the drug war at the U.S./Mexico border. Likewise, “Pawn Sacrifice” expanded to more theaters in its second week of release, making $1.02 million in about 780 theaters nationwide, coming in twelfth. That movie is based on the true story of chess champion Bobby Fischer, played by Tobey Maguire.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “Hotel Transylvania 2”: $47.2 million
2. “The Intern”: $18.2 million
3. “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”: $14 million
4. “Everest”: $13.09 million
5. “Black Mass”: $11.5 million
6. “The Visit”: $6.7 million
7. “The Perfect Guy”: $4.7 million
8. “War Room”: $4.2 million
9. “The Green Inferno”: $3.4 million
10. “Sicario”: $1.7 million
11. “A Walk in the Woods”: $1.09 million
12. “Pawn Sacrifice”: $1.02 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
· Wehrenberg Theatres
· AMC Theatres
· Regal Movie Theatres
· Galleria 6
· Chase Park Plaza
· Granite City
· Moolah Theatre
· Hi-Pointe Theatre
· St. Andrews Cinema
· Plaza Frontenac Cinema
· Tivoli Theatre
For more info, visit Box Office Mojo.