Los Angeles, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer

Vacation has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its

opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller,

Skyscraper, in the dust.

Sony Pictures estimated that the animated family movie earned

$44.1 million from North American theaters. As the first in the franchise

to open in the summer, it’s just slightly under the previous installment’s

$48.5 million debut in September 2015.

Worldwide, Hotel Transylvania 3 has already earned more than

$100 million.

It’s really terrific, said Adrian Smith, Sony’s head of domestic

distribution. We’re positioned to take advantage of the valuable

summer weekdays and there are six weeks of summer left.

The successful series has grossed over $900 million worldwide

to date.

Going into the weekend, experts expected a three-way race to

the top between Hotel Transylvania 3, ?Skyscraper and Ant-Man and

the Wasp, but the family film won by a large margin.

There haven’t been a lot of options for families this summer, said

comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. They become

instant hits.

Johnson’s Skyscraper, a rare original summer blockbuster, remained

earthbound in its first weekend in North America. The Universal

Pictures film brought in only $25.5 million domestically.

Skyscraper cost a reported $125 million to produce, not accounting

for marketing costs.

Johnson has been a consistent presence in movie theaters this year

with both Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Rampage prior to

Skyscraper.

Both previous films opened in the $35 million range, and while

Jumanji went on to be a worldwide box office juggernaut, Rampage

petered out domestically just under $100 million.

As with Rampage, however, the studio is expecting the majority

of Skyscraper profits to come from international audiences.

“Skyscraper’ is really engineered for a global release and it got a

terrific start, said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic

distribution. We have great faith in a more than terrific run at the

domestic box office going forward.

Internationally, Skyscraper grossed $40.4 million from 57

territories for a global total of $65.9 million.

Second place went to Disney and Marvel’s Ant-Man and the

Wasp, which brought in an additional $28.8 million in its second

weekend, down 62 percent from last week. It’s one of the steeper

second week falls in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first Ant-Man

fell 53 percent.

Incredibles 2 took fourth place with $16.2 million and Jurassic

World: Fallen Kingdom rounded out the top five with $15.5 million.

A handful of smaller releases made notable splashes this

weekend including Annapurna’s buzzy dystopian satire Sorry to

Bother You, which opened in limited release last week and added 789

locations this weekend. It earned $4.3 million in its expansion for spot

No. 7 on the charts.

The coming of age film Eighth Grade also scored top marks,

and the highest per theater average of the year, with $252,284 from

four theaters. The well-reviewed pic will expand nationwide in the

coming weeks.

And documentaries continue to perform well too, including the

Fred Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor? which added $1.9

million from 868 theaters, and Three Identical Strangers which

expanded to 167 theaters and grossed $1.2 million, the Associated

Press (AP) news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency