This is a dubious record, to be sure, because September isn't a huge month for theatrical releases. But still, who would have thought that Sony's modest little animated comedy for kids, "Hotel Transylvania," would set the record for a September weekend opening by hauling in $43 million at the turnstiles?
According to The Numbers, "Hotel Transylvania" opened in 3,349 theaters across America and topped another Sony release, "Looper," by a little more than $4 million on Day One. And The Wrap reports that 76 percent of the audience was families, with women and children (wait, is this a lifeboat drill?) giving it an A.
"Hotel Transylvania" stars the voice talents of Adam Sandler, who'd love to have one of his live-action films do as well, and Kevin James. The plot? Dracula (Sandler) runs a resort for the humanly challenged, but his own world is shaken when a boy somehow finds the resort and falls for the Count's teenage daughter (Selena Gomez).
James plays Frankenstein. "Hotel Transylvania" also features the voices of Fran Drescher, Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, CeeLo Green, and Jon Lovitz.