Following a sluggish few months, the North American box office rebounded this weekend, with Sony Pictures Animation’s 3D comedy Hotel Transylvania taking the top spot with $43 million, marking the high-grossing opening weekend since The Dark Knight Rises and setting a new record for a September debut.
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack) and featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Steve Buscemi, among others, Hotel Transylvania is also Sony Pictures Animation’s best opening, ahead of The Smurfs ($35.6 million) and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs ($30.3 million).
Sony also scored the No. 2 spot with director Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller Looper, which stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. In addition to making $21.2 million domestically, the film also made drew in $23 and $25 million in China, where it was co-financed between Sony’s TriStar, FilmDistric and Endgame Entertainment.
The Top 5 was rounded out by End of Watch, Trouble with the Curve and House at the End of the Street. The weekend’s other two debuts, Universal’s musical comedy Pitch Perfect and Fox’s education drama Won’t Back Down, came in at sixth and 10th place, earning $5.2 million and $2.7 million, respectively.
Pitch Perfect opens wide Friday, where it will be joined by Taken 2 and Frankenweenie.