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Dracula and friends are at it again and now humans are welcome at the hotel. Hotel Transylvania 2 will be released on Blu-ray / DVD in January. Also: details on a figure of iZombie's Liv Moore by Gentle Giant Studios as well as a new poster and trailer for House of Afflictions.
Hotel Transylvania 2: Press Release: "Culver City, Calif., Nov. 23, 2015 -- Sony Pictures Animation's monster family box-office hit Hotel Transylvania 2, which grossed more than $430 million in theaters worldwide to date, will debut on Digital HD Dec. 22nd, just in time for holiday viewing and on Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on Jan. 12th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The Hotel Transylvania sequel reunites 'Drac's Pack' of loveable characters, led by "Vampa" Drac (Adam Sandler, Grown-Ups) as they try to put Mavis (Selena Gomez, Spring Breakers) and Johnny's (Andy Samberg, TV's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine »
- Tamika Jones
Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2 will emerge from the shadows and make its Digital HD debut on December 22, just in time for Christmas and the holiday break. The Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD editions release date requires jumping into the New Year on January 12, 2016.
Hotel Transylvania 2 starring the voice talent of Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Mel Brooks, Kevin James and many others opened its doors for business at the box office this past fall and did monster business with over $430 million earned worldwide to date. Naturally Sony has already slated a Hotel Transylvania 3 for a September 21, 2018 release.
You can currently pre-order Hotel Transylvania 2 on Blu-ray 3D combo or other formats for a hugely discounted price at Amazon.com.
The Blu-ray 3D combo pack also comes with the film on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Blu-ray exclusive bonus features include the following:
Sing Along with Monster Scary-Oke! »
Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” has crossed the $400 million milestone in worldwide box office.
The 3D animated comedy has already surpassed the original’s lifetime box office, which totaled $358 million in 2012.
The domestic total is currently $161.3 million while the international cume is at $241.1 million, led by $24 million in the U.K. and $23 million in Mexico.
- Dave McNary
It’s a tall order, but the 24th film in the spy series is off to a strong start. The action sequel topped the foreign box office this weekend, picking up a leading $117.8 million across 78 territories.
That strong result should pick up some of the slack from “Spectre’s” domestic numbers. The film was the highest-grossing release stateside, picking up $73 million, but some corners had been anticipating an opening of $80 million or more. “Skyfall” bowed to $88.4 million, although it didn’t face as much competition. “The Peanuts Movie” debuted to $45 million and may have taken a bite out of “Spectre’s” business.
- Brent Lang
“Jurassic World,” from Universal Pictures, remains the top-selling home video title for the second consecutive week – despite the arrival of three high-profile newcomers that lined up right behind it on the national home video sales charts for the week ending Nov. 1.
Sony Pictures’ “Pixels,” a sci-fi comedy about aliens attacking the earth with weapons based on vintage video games, rode its $78.7 million domestic box office take to debut at No. 2 on Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart as well as its dedicated Blu-ray Disc-only chart.
Warner’s “Max,” about a loyal war dog who bonds with his late owner’s brother, debuted at No. 3 on the overall sales chart after earning $42.7 million in U.S. theaters.
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- Thomas K. Arnold
Hotel Transylvania is set to open its doors once again, with Sony Pictures Animation setting a September 22nd release date for the third instalment of the animated monster movie franchise, which will put it in direct competition with Warner Bros. Pictures’ animated Scooby-Doo film.
See Also: Read our review of Hotel Transylvania 2
The first two Hotel Transylvania movies have grossed almost $750 million at the global box office, with Hotel Transylvania 2 still pulling in the cash at the box office following its release this September.
See Also: Sony’s biggest movies of 2015 are all Adam Sandler projects
As yet, there’s no word on returning cast members, although you’d have to imagine the likes of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg and David Spade will all be back. However, director Genndy Tartakovsky has previously suggested that he’s unlikely to return to helm the third movie.
- Gary Collinson
The Hotel Transylvania movies have proved extremely popular for Sony Pictures Animation, and with the success of this year’s Hotel Transylvania 2, the studio have announced a third movie for December 2018.
The films, which are produced by Adam Sandler‘s production compay Happy Madison, and feature the vocal talents of the actor, as well as his co-written screenplay, have been, up until now, been directed by the supremely gifted Genndy Tartakovsky, though it is said that he will not return for a third movie.
“Hotel Transylvania 3 is going to happen without me”, Tartakovsky said just after the last movie was released. “Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas and I kind of have to express them and have them come out”.
Sony have a September 22nd, 2018 release set. It is not known if any of the other previous collaborators will return, but its safe to say that Sandler is a cert. »
- Paul Heath
“Ant-Man” held top spot in China at the box office over the week to Sunday, but it was run very close by local suspense drama “The Witness” which topped the weekend rankings.
The Hollywood superhero movie added $19.4 million in the seven days to Sunday, and advanced its 17 day cumulative total to $101 million, according to Ent Group data. But that represented a drop of 51% over the previous week.
“The Witness,” which stars fan girls’ favorite Mini Yang, topped the chart in the three day weekend from Friday to Sunday. Showing at some 41,000 screenings per day, it managed to win all three days’ outings.
“Hotel Transylvania” scored $12.3 million in six days, after its Sunday (Oct. 25) release. That was good enough for third place, but its per screening average was below that of “Ant-Man” and on a par with “The Witness.”
Previous chart topper, “Goodbye Mr Loser,” added $11.1 million, as it dropped from »
- Patrick Frater
Sony Pictures announced today that their sequel Hotel Transylvania 3 will hit theaters nationwide on September 21, 2018. No voice cast members have been announced for this animated movie, but it will be going up against Warner Bros.' Scooby-Doo animated reboot, which was announced back in August. As of now, they are the only two movies to be slated for release in the entire month of September 2018, but that will surely change in the months and years ahead.
Back in September, just one week after Hotel Transylvania 2 hit theaters, director Genndy Tartakovsky revealed he would not be returning for Hotel Transylvania 3, but the studio was still moving forward with the sequel. The filmmaker was also set to direct Popeye for Sony Pictures Animation, but he dropped out back in March, and we haven't heard about the studio hiring a replacement since then. There was talk that the studio may scrap the project altogether, »
Sony Pictures Animation has announced that a third film in the "Hotel Transylvania" series is on the way and has already marked out a September 22nd 2018 release date.
Genndy Tartakovsky helmed the first two films which combined have grossed over $720 million worldwide. The sequel has also shown strong staying power at the box-office despite being released almost two months ago.
It's not yet certain which cast members like Adam Sandler, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher and Mel Brooks will be back. It's not set either, but Tartakovsky has previously indicated he won't be returning.
Source: Sony Pictures Animation »
- Garth Franklin
Just one week after Lionsgate found its Blue Ranger for the highly-anticipated Power Rangers reboot, the studio announces that the Yellow Ranger has been cast. Actress-singer Becky G. was revealed as the Yellow Ranger through the official Power Rangers Instagram page. She joins Naomi Scott (Pink Ranger), Dacre Montgomery (Red Ranger), Ludi Lin (Black Ranger) and Rj Cyler (Blue Ranger) in the growing cast.
A report from Collider surfaced earlier this week, claiming the character names for all of the Power Rangers have been changed. Dacre Montgomery is playing Callum Oliver (Red Ranger/Tyrannosaurus), Naomi Scott is playing Priya Patel (The Pink Ranger/Pterodactyl), Rj Cyler is playing Brian Olson (The Blue Ranger/Triceratops), Ludi Lin is playing Oscar Fernandez (The Black Ranger/Mastodon) and the latest addition, Becky G., is playing Teyana Jones (The Yellow Ranger/Sabre-tooth Tiger). There was a report that surfaced in August which said that »
Netflix is in final negotiations to adapt the best-selling young adult novel “13 Reasons Why” as a 13-episode series with Selena Gomez set to exec produce, Variety has learned exclusively.
The story will follow a boy named Clay (yet to be cast) through an emotional night when he receives a shoe box of cassette tapes from his late classmate and crush Hannah, after she recently committed suicide. On the tapes, which are mailed with instructions to pass along from one student to another, Hannah explains to twelve peers how they each played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons explaining why she took her life.
The project hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount TV with a pilot penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Brian Yorkey. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Adam Sandler hasn’t been on the best box-office run of his career. Subtract his animated Hotel Transylvania films, and the comedian hasn’t cracked the $100 million domestic mark since Growns Ups 2. Misses like Pixels, Blended and That’s My Boy have led the one-time A-lister into new territories – a development deal with Netflix that will produce The Ridiculous 6, a Western comedy that just shared its first trailer, and a cast poster: To no one’s real surprise, the cast is made up of mostly Adam Sandler regulars and friends. The former Happy Gilmore sits at the top of the poster, followed by Terry Crews (Blended, The Longest Yard), Taylor Lautner (Grown Ups 2) and Rob Schneider (a repeat offender with too many Sandler collaborations to list). Here’s that poster I was telling you about: Crews and co-star Luke Wilson look like they »
The first project in a four-film development deal Sandler signed for Netflix, the streaming service has now released the first poster and trailer for the Western comedy.
- Garth Franklin
A steady stream of summer tentpoles continues to debut on disc now that the fourth-quarter selling season is in high gear.
Warner’s big-budget disaster movie “San Andreas,” which generated $155.2 million in domestic ticket sales, bowed at No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart for the week ended Oct. 18, while Walt Disney Studios’ “Tomorrowland,” a family adventure starring George Clooney, rode its $93.4 million U.S. box office gross to a No. 3 debut.
Sandwiched in between them is Disney’s long-awaited Diamond Edition Blu-ray Disc edition of the 1992 animated classic “Aladdin,” featuring the voice talents of the late Robin Williams, which bowed at No. 2.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” distributed by Disney, slipped to No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 4 on the overall disc »
- Thomas K. Arnold
With a stonking opening of £6.32m, Hotel Transylvania 2 sits at the top of the UK box-office chart by a wide margin. Considering the original Hotel Transylvania has a lifetime UK gross of £8.30m, and the whole of the October half-term holiday is yet to come, distributor Sony has every reason to feel satisfied with its campaign. A big point to note, however, is that Hotel Transylvania 2 achieved its opening number thanks to a very aggressive previews strategy. The film played in cinemas for not just the previous Saturday and Sunday (10-11 October), but also the one before that (3-4 October). That means that the £6.32m debut represents takings from a full seven days of play. Over the actual 16-18 October period, it grossed £2.82m.
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- Charles Gant
The barrage of nonstop sitcom idiocy is nigh on unendurable. A father plotting against his daughter as touching and uplifting? Way worse. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): hate Adam Sandler
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Imagine if Adam Sandler took his galling and appalling Grown Ups franchise and redid it as a cartoon. Well, you don’t have to imagine, because that’s what his Hotel Transylvania franchise is. Sandler here is the voice and very much the attitude of the vampire Dracula, who runs a hotel in Transylvania, because monsters need to get away from the daily grind too. (Sandler is also cowriter, with Robert Smigel, and an executive producer. The director is the series’ returning TV cartoon vet Genndy Tartakovsky.) In the first movie, the hotel opened up to nonmonsters, partly as a result of human Jonathan (the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Co-written by Sandler, this is staple, family-oriented cinema fare arriving just in time for Halloween
Trick or treat? The original Hotel Transylvania animation was enough of a hit in 2012 to spawn a second movie. So here we go again with more straight-ahead comedy, family-oriented gothic – this one co-written by Adam Sandler, who once again voices Count Dracula – just in time for Halloween: staple TV and cinema fare from the days of the Addams Family and The Munsters.
In the first film, Dracula was perplexed to see a human guy show up at the hotel he runs for his fellow beasties, and even more bemused to see that his daughter Mavis was falling for him. Now they’re married and having a baby. Will it be human or vampire? Will they live in Transylvania or at home in California? Dracula is now the lovably overbearing-adoring grandpa whose interfering causes wacky scrapes. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the year’s No. 2 movie in terms of domestic box office, remained in the top spot on both national home video sales charts for the second consecutive week.
The superhero sequel, distributed on disc by Walt Disney Studios, debuted at No. 1 a week earlier even though it had only been in stores for three days, less than half the usual tracking period.
For the week ended Oct. 11, the film remained at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The top new release was Warner’s “Magic Mike Xxl,” the sequel to 2012’s “Magic Mike,” in which Channing Tatum reprises his role as a hot young stripper with a special way with the ladies. The comedy debuted at No. 2 on both charts, although it only sold about 29% as many copies as “Age of Ultron, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
What do pointless animated comedy sequels, Season 7 of long-running sitcoms and a failing marriage all have in common? When the writing’s on the wall, they’ll all plump for the same answer – introduce a baby.
Hotel Transylvania 2 can only last five minutes before Dracula’s daughter pops out a sprog, and it only manages that long by indulging in needless undermining of the rather harmonious ending of the original (read: the main character learning a life-changing lesson and everyone has a silly dance number). Yup, it’s one of those films.
We’ve been spoilt recently by animated sequels – Toy Story, How To Train Your Dragon and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs all had follow ups that expanded on (and in the former two cases topped, their predecessors) – to the point that when the old type comes along it’s a shock to the »
- Alex Leadbeater
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