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
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
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
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
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
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