Hotel Transylvania 2 beat The Intern at the box office this weekend.
The animated movie sequel, which features the voices of Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, made a staggering $47.5 million in its debut.
It even beat the original 2012 movie, which opened to $42.5 million, and set a new record for a September opening.
Following the release of the figure, Sony Pictures’ president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer said he was hopeful there might be another film in the franchise.
“It’s on its way to being one of the most beloved franchises of all time,” he said.
“There are a lot of stories left to tell.”
Coming in second place was The Intern – starring Robert De Niro as an ageing intern for Anne Hathaway’s stressed CEO.
The film, which has had fair to good reviews so far from critics, made a respectable $18.2 million in comparison.
It was a successful figure for director and writer Nancy Meyers, who achieved debuts of $16.1 million for Something’s Gotta Give in 2003 and $12.8 million for The Holiday in 2006.
The third position was taken by another sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.
The film stars Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario and follows on from the 2014 movie based on the novels by James Dashner.
It made a further $14 million, making it a total of $51.7 million to date.
Completing the top five of the box office weekend were Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Johnny Depp’s latest offering Black Mass, which brought in $13.1 million and $11.5 million respectively.
The only other wide release this weekend was Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, which made $3.5 million after being released in 1,540 locations.
Emily Blunt’s new movie Sicario, which is due for wide release next weekend (3-4Oct15), made $1.8 million in 59 cinemas.
– Cover Media0