30 September 2012 1:02 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The box office rebounded substantially this weekend thanks to a record-setting debut from Hotel Transylvania and a solid start for trippy time travel movie Looper. Pitch Perfect also impressed in limited release, while Won't Back Down had one of the worst nationwide openings in years. The Top 12 earned $106.7 million, which is up 19 percent from the same frame last year.Hotel Transylvania took first place with $42.5 million. That tops Sweet Home Alabama's $35.6 million to set a new record for a September opening. It's also the best debut ever for a Sony Pictures Animation movie ahead of The Smurfs ($35.6 million) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ($30.3 million). Finally, and perhaps most remarkably, it's star Adam Sandler's second-highest debut ever behind 2005's The Longest Yard ($47.6 million). There was a feeling that Sandler's brand was weakened following the underwhelming performance of Jack and Jill ($74.2 million) and the disastrous run of That's My Boy »

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