It’s a good weekend to be Sony Pictures. The studio claimed the two top spots on Friday with Hotel Transylvania and Looper, and saw both new releases perform well above expectations. In first place, Hotel Transylvania earned an estimated $11 million from 3,349 runs. The animated film will easily win the weekend with almost $40 million: a record for a Sony Animation release and at least $10 million more than initially projected. Looper is also off to a strong start. Released under Sony’s TriStar label, the sci-fi feature took in an estimated $6.9 million on Friday from 2,992 locations. With strong word of mouth behind it, Looper could realize over $20 million through Sunday: well above the openings of recent R-rated releases. The weekend’s third wide opening, the Fox drama Won’t Back Down, fell below the top five with an estimated $921,000 from 2,515 locations. That was about the number Universal might have expected from its early release of Pitch Perfect. Debuting in just 335 locations ahead of its nationwide opening next week, the comedy took in an estimated $1.75 million on Friday. We’ll have full details and analysis tomorrow.
|3.||End of Watch||$2,400,000||$20.5|
|4.||House at the End of the Street||$2,330,000||$17.4|
|5.||Trouble with the Curve||$2,300,000||$18.5|