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Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi endeavor “The Martian” lifted off with $18 million in Friday receipts, suggesting it will finish its opening weekend with a total of over $50 million, according to studio estimates.
The 20th Century Fox release, which stars Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut attempting to survive alone on Mars, bowed in 2,800 locations Thursday night to $2.5 million. The pic, which was made on a budget of $109 million, expanded to 3,826 locations on Friday. Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels also star in “The Martian,” which is drawing praise for its optimism, something of a novelty in the space-exploration genre.
Based on Andy Weir’s novel, “The Martian” is on track to join the ranks of high-grossing October releases. Current top-dog “Gravity,” which launched on the same weekend in 2013, is the one to beat with its $55.8 million haul, followed by 2011’s “Paranormal Activity 3” with $52.6 million, 2010’s “Jackass 3D” with »
- Marianne Zumberge
Hotel Transylvania 2, 2015.
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.
Starring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Dana Carvey, Rob Riggle, Chris Kattan, Sadie Sandler, Sunny Sandler, Jon Lovitz, and Mel Brooks.
Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.
Full disclosure, I have not seen the first Hotel Transylvania, but decided to give the sequel, simply titled Hotel Transylvania 2 a shot, partly because I take some pleasure in coming online and professionally trashing Adam Sandler’s recent lazy output. I can’t really do that this time though, because I kind of enjoyed what I saw, despite the fact that it’s clear Adam Sandler has brought his friends along again for another easy paycheck. »
- Robert Kojder
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
9.3 Under The Lake
"This safety message was brought to you by Vector Petroleum"
Right then. There’s an isolated base, with a diverse crew on board. There’s a threat, from which there’s no obvious sign of escape. There are corridors, which are set to be run down with as much determination as you would expect. And there’s the arrival of the Doctor and his companion, just as the fit is hitting the shan.
What do you mean you’ve seen it all before?
"You actually poo-pooed the ghost theory?"
We caught the Adam Sandler-led animation Hotel Transylvania 2 last weekend, and we really liked it. While we put the finishing touches to our review, we can bring you five exclusive character featurettes for the movie, which arrives in cinemas in the UK on 16th October. There are some special previews of the film this coming weekend at cinemas up and down the UK and Ireland, and if you’re a reader from the Us, you can check it in cinemas across the country right now.
Now that Dracula (Adam Sandler) has opened the Hotel Transylvania’s doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing his vampire side. So, while Mavis and Johnny are away, Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But things really get batty when Drac’s cantankerous, »
- Paul Heath
Hotel Transylvania was a hit for Sony Animation back in 2012, grossing an impressive $360 million worldwide. The sequel has also gotten off to a strong start in North America, with a haul of $50 million after just four days of release, so a third instalment of the franchise reaching the big screen at some point in the next few years seems very likely indeed.
Well, while we wait for an announcement on that, we now know that Genndy Tartakovsky won’t be at the helm. He directed the first two instalments (which both had a voice cast made up of pretty much the entire cast of the Grown Ups franchise, with names like Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, and David Spade), but revealed the following in a recent interview:
“Hotel Transylvania 3’ is going to happen without me. Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of »
- Josh Wilding
Sometimes three's a charm, but in the case of Hotel Transylvania, two's enough when it comes to director Genndy Tartakovsky. Hotel Transylvania 2 pulled in September's biggest opening when it arrived last week to the tune of $50.8 million and counting. And thus far, it has racked up a total of $80 million at the global box office. So of course Sony is planning a third movie. Only next time, there will be a major changing of the guard. Genndy Tartakovsky, who directed both 1 and 2, will not be back for Hotel Transylvania 3!
Speaking with The Wrap, the animator, who made himself famous with his work on the ground breaking Cartoon Network series Samurai Jack, confirms that Sony is planning a third chapter in the tale of a hotel that caters to the world's most infamous monsters. Genndy Tartakovsky simply believes his time in this horror fantasy universe is up. He explains the »
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 »
- Jeff Bricker
Hotel Transylvania 2 is so much better than Pixels and it’s hard to figure out exactly why. The material isn’t substantially better, it still feels like the scripts are written by an elementary school joke book come to life— although maybe for Hotel Transylvania the living book has to turn in a couple more drafts. The animated medium might open up for a few more ambitious sight gags but it isn’t like Pixels was stingy with the effects shots. Perhaps it’s that with live actors you can see how little effort they’re putting in and how much they’d rather be doing something else, and an animated character looks more engaged even if none of the voice acting is particularly ambitious. It could just be that an engaged Genndy Tartakovsky is far and away better than a Chris Columbus just out for a paycheck. Something »
- Arthur Tebbel
Fresh off of “Hotel Transylvania 2’s” $48 million debut this past weekend, director Genndy Tartakovsky is thrilled that the animated film broke the record for biggest September opening. But while the Sony sequel’s lucrative opening almost guarantees an as-yet unannounced third installment, Tartakovsky told TheWrap that he won’t be returning to direct it. “‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is going to happen without me,” he said. “Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out.” Also Read: 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Shows Adam Sandler Makes a »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Animation Hotel Transylvania 2 set a new September opening weekend record as well as a new best for Adam Sandler’s career. Hotel Transylvania 2 bested its predecessor to set a new opening weekend record for the month of September with $48.5 million. And yes, you read that right, the original Hotel Transylvania used to hold […]
Read Box Office: Hotel Transylvania 2 Sets New September Record on Filmonic.
The record-breaking $47 million box office debut of “Hotel Transylvania 2” is the biggest stride yet in suddenly sizzling Sony Pictures’ rebound from last fall’s catastrophic cyber disaster, and the best could still be ahead. The No. 1 opening for the Sony Animation release — a Genndy Tartakovsky-directed monster mashup voiced by Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James and Mel Brooks — marks the third weekend in the last four that the top spot at the box office has been claimed by a Sony specialty label. Affirm Films’ prayer-pumping “War Room” connected with Christians and Screen Gems’ thriller “The »
- Todd Cunningham
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Hotel Transylvania 2 - $47.5 million ($48.2 million total) 2. The Intern - $18.2 million ($18.2 million total) 3. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - $14.0 million ($51.6 million total) 4. Everest - $13.0 million ($23.0 million total) 5. Black Mass - $11.5 million ($42.6 million total) 6. The Visit - $6.7 million ($52.2 million total) 7. The Perfect Guy - $4.7 million ($48.8 million total) 8. War Room - $4.2 million ($55.9 million total) 9. The Green Inferno - $3.4 million ($3.4 million total) 10. Sicario - $1.7 million ($2.3 million total) The Big Stories Faster than Peter Venkman can say "But the kids love us," Adam Sandler is having a new laugh on audiences this weekend. He...
- Erik Childress
With tracking being fairly unreliable recently, 2015 has been full of major surprises at the box-office. Everyone knew Universal’s “Jurassic World” would be big, but even box-office pundits weren’t prepared for how huge the movie would be. Ditto for the studio's “Straight Outta Compton” which was a “surprise” runaway hit even though many had pegged it for a huge success earlier in the year (the opposite happened to Warner Bros’. “Vacation” when it ran face first into extremely negative reviews). And much was the same with Sony’s animated sequel, “Hotel Transylvania 2.” Many assumed it would take the number one slot at the box-office this weekend, but no one was prepared for a record-breaking gross that nearly hit $50 million, making it the biggest September opening of all time. While Adam Sandler movies keep losing their potency at the box-office, apparently his voice-work hasn’t been affected. $47.5 million is huge, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Just because you’re a great actor it doesn’t mean you can’t make a bad movie.
Now and again, it’s going to happen, but “great” actors are usually defined by their vast and brilliant filmographies – a few duds, sure, but we can let them off. What you don’t tend to do, however, is associate a “great” actor with having more than, say, 30 “Rotten” movies on critical aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
And yet, some of the best and most accomplished actors of their generations have somehow done exactly that: they’ve racked up more than 30 movies across the span of their careers that the critics have deemed to be “totally not worth your time.” You might expect that from Adam Sandler or Rob Schneider or Ashton Kutcher, even – but from Hollywood’s elite? Who’d have thought it was even possible? »
- Sam Hill
It was looking to have a strong opening, but the animated feature Hotel Transylvania 2 has passed all expectations, breaking September opening records in the process.
The movie opened to around $47 million domestically, shooting it straight to the number one position. It broke the previous record of $42 million which, funnily enough, was held by its predecessor Hotel Transylvania. The movie also added $29 million from its worldwide screenings, giving the movie a grand total of $76 million on its opening weekend. Not bad at all.
Hotel Transylvania 2 was expected to do well, but many felt it would struggle against Everest following its stellar IMAX opening last weekend. However, that movie stumbled at the box office, most likely due to the popularity of Hotel Transylvania 2.
See Also: Take a trip to Transylvania in new travel promo for Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania 2 is out now in the States and on »
- Luke Owen
Once upon a time, in a haunted castle deep within a forest in foreboding Transylvania, a goofy slacker named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) fell in love with a beautiful vampire named Mavis (Selena Gomez). They zing with each other despite Mavis's father Dracula (Adam Sandler) and friends against the union at first. Later, the monsters come to terms with the human/vampire love affair after coming out of the monster closet, so to speak, and revealing to the world their existence. Imagine their surprise to find out that people love them, and normal humans are flocking to stay at the titular Hotel Transylvania.
Like all couples in movie sequels, Jonathan and Mavis have moved past the honeymoon stage and have gone straight to the parenthood stage, with the pair having »
Hotel Transylvania 2 was number one at this weekend’s box office with a staggering $47.5 million. The monster comedy adventure from Sony Pictures Animation stars Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi and Mel Brooks . The sequel is Sandler’s best debut ever and if estimates hold, a record for a September opening. (Review)
Another film with dazzling worldwide weekend box office results is Lost In Hong Kong.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Actor, director Xu Zheng enjoyed an incredible global weekend as his ‘Lost in Hong Kong,’ the highly anticipated follow up to 2012’s ‘Lost in Thailand,’ grossed a spectacular $100.559 million in just 6 territories. Sony’s ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ also made its mark in 42 international territories and took the top spot in North America with a combined $76.7 million worldwide.”
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, »
- Movie Geeks
Rose McGowan has become quite vocal of her problems with the Hollywood industry as of late, particularly when it comes to some of the sexism she.s seen and experienced. A couple months ago, the Charmed actress caused quite the storm, when she called out Adam Sandler for the wardrobe requirements for an audition in his movie. It ended up losing McGowan the job, and subsequently her agent, but that has only ignited a flame for the actress, making her even more vocal of her issues with the acting industry. Now, McGowan is going one step further and ridiculing some of the directors she has previously worked with. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, McGowan opened up about this current turning point in her career, new music direction, and advocacy for women.s rights. In the conversation, the actress and director discussed some of her previous experiences as an »
Adam Sandler‘s voice work as Count Dracula was a big reason for the $47.5 million opening of Sony Animation’s “Hotel Transylvania 2.” The animated family sequel is the comic actor’s best debut ever and a record for a September opening. The win after a string of box-office misfires seems to prove the axiom true that Sandler performs better when he’s heard and not seen. The actor-producer’s recent disappointing live-action work includes this summer’s “Pixels.” That one, “Blended,” “Jack and Jill” and “That’s My Boy” have on average opened to a decent $23.4 million, but topped out at a so-so $73.4 million. »
- Todd Cunningham
It’s been three years since the original Hotel Transylvania released back in 2012, with a Dracula-in-the-hospitality-industry monster mash-up that made some fervent little fans out of the army of monstrosities on screen and, more importantly to Sony, resulted in a higher-than-expected box office gross. Which is why we’re here now, with Hotel Transylvania 2 picking up a few years after the events of the first movie and throwing the expected cadre of things that go bump in the night into a new paradigm: parenthood.
Just like its predecessor, the new movie is sweet and broadly humorous, but that’s also sort of the problem. It’s so preoccupied with a simplistic – if nonetheless laudatory – message of tolerance and acceptance, and its jokes are so slapsticky, that it constantly bars itself from being anything other than an Adam Sandler-and-gang movie that’s actually watchable. Which is a feat unto itself, »
- Mitchel Broussard
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