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Weekend Box Office Numbers: Sept. 28 – 30
Rentrak announced the worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of September 30, 2012.
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA took first place with an estimated $43 million. That tops SWEET HOME ALABAMA’s $35.6 million to set a new record for a September opening. It’s also the best debut ever for a Sony Animated Pictures movie ahead of THE SMURFS ($35.6 million) and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS ($30.3 million). Finally, and perhaps most remarkably, it’s star Adam Sandler’s second-highest debut ever behind 2005′s THE LONGEST YARD’s 47.6 million). HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA is Sony’s eighth movie to finish in first place this year and marked the ninth weekend that the company has held the top spot which is more than any other studio.
Sony’s other movie this weekend, LOOPER, opened in second place with an estimated $21.2 million. The R-rated futuristic film averaged a solid $7,086 from 2,992 theaters and took advantage of exceptional reviews to draw in a sizable audience. R-rated action films rarely open north of $20M in September and the fact that it’s an original story not based on any well-known brand made the performance even more impressive. It’s also worth briefly noting that LOOPER is projected to earn between $23 and $25 million this weekend in China, which would make it the first international movie to open higher in China than anywhere else in the world.
The combined strength of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and LOOPER was able topush Sony’s yearly domestic total past $1.3 billion, which makes it the first studio to reach that mark in 2012. Also for one studio to open two wide releases over the same weekend is rare but Sony had two movies that complemented each other well without overlapping their audiences.
Following its solid top spot debut last weekend, the cop thriller END OF WATCH held up well in its second weekend while dropping 39% to an estimated $8 million. Fellow sophomore TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE followed with an estimated $7.5 million only dropping 38%. Clint Eastwood films tend to fall 47-51% in their second weekends so this performance is pretty commendable. And rounding the top five, though falling 42%, HOUSE ON THE END OF THE STREET took in an estimated $7.2 million, which is still an amazing hold for a horror film.
Coming in sixth, PITCH PERFECT scored an estimated $5.2 million. Universal is aiming for a word-of-mouth hit here and aggressively screened the PG-13 pic ahead of the limited bow. Now it plans to take it to the next level with next weekend’s nationwide expansion hoping that enough buzz will have circulated among teens and young adults that it can become a must-see hit.
Falling 58%, the 3D release of FINDING NEMO hooked an estimated $4.1 million. Sony’s RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION dropped 55% to an estimated $3 million in its third week. Oscar hopeful, THE MASTER, slowed down in its second weekend of wide play and grossed an estimated $2.7 million, down 38%.
And coming in tenth, the inner city school drama WON’T BACK DOWN failed to connect with paying moviegoers opening to dismal results with an estimated $2.7 million. Fox’s PG-rated release starring Academy Award nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis generated no commercial interest and was panned by critics. Realizing they had a dud on their hands a while ago, 20th Century Fox released it without the backing of a substantial marketing effort.
Over the weekend, ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT is now the biggest animated film of all time at the international box office. The 20th Century Fox release has grossed $693.9 million internationally, pushing it past the previous record of $687.1 million set by ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAUR. It now ranks in 8th place on the all-time international box office list.
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 30, 2012 are below.
- Hotel Transylvania - Sony - $43.0M
- Looper – Sony - $21.2M
- End Of Watch - Open Road - $8.0M
- Trouble with the Curve - Warner Bros. - $7.5M
- House At The End Of The Street - Relativity Media - $7.2M
- Pitch Perfect – Universal - $5.2M
- Finding Nemo – Disney - $4.1M
- Resident Evil: Retribution – Sony - $3.0M
- Master, The - The Weinstein Company - $2.7M
- Won’t Back Down - 20th Century Fox - $2.7M
- Dredd – Lionsgate - $2.3M
- Possession, The – Lionsgate - $1.4M
Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office results are listed in the table below.
|Weekend BO Estimate (USD)||Wknd Release Cume (USD)|
|Resident Evil: Retribution||23,700,000||20,700,000||3,000,000||175,704,933||137,000,000|
|Ice Age: Continental Drift||8,700,000||8,700,000||-||852,596,445||693,900,000|
|House At The End Of The Street||8,654,000||1,500,000||7,154,000||26,024,969||3,800,000|
|Bourne Legacy, The||8,486,920||7,700,000||786,920||224,204,075||112,500,000|
|End Of Watch||8,000,265||-||8,000,265||26,168,897||-|
|Trouble with the Curve||7,530,000||-||7,530,000||23,725,962||-|