See the Full Movie Page Hotel Transylvania 2 Sets September Weekend Record

courtesy Sony Pictures
courtesy Sony Pictures

Hitting theaters at the right time seems to have paid off for Hotel Transylvania 2. The animated comedy featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg set a new September record with a $47.5M opening weekend. The film arrives at theaters with no competition for family-friendly fare and dominates. Early data shows 60% of filmgoers were under the age of 25 and 38% were parents, confirming the boost from younger audiences.

Timing isn’t the only factor that appears to be helping Hotel Transylvania 2. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 82% of surveyed filmgoers “liked” the film signaling the sequel delivered what most fans were looking for. The film’s box office returns mark a North American record for the month of September.

“We had a great date, and this is a big win for Sony Pictures Animation,” said Sony president of marketing Josh Greenstein. “And the movie is exploding.”

The film’s success is also a needed victory for Adam Sandler. The Hollywood funnyman has had recently string of financial stinkers at the box office including Pixels, Blended, and Grown Ups 2. And HT 2 is very much his film with Sandler serving as star, co-writer, and executive producer.

Up next for Sandler is The Do Over, co-starring David Spade, and scheduled for release in 2016.


Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Rotten Tomatoes, and Box Office Mojo


Jeffrey Bricker is a freelance writer from the USA. His first cinema experience was watching "Raiders of the Lost Ark" which remains he favorite film of all time. He is an admitted cinephile who makes no apologies for his addiction. And for those still wondering, yes the token kept spinning and Cobb was stuck in his dream forever.