'Hotel Transylvania 2' bites off September record

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

LOS ANGELES (AP) — September has a new box office star. The PG-rated animated pic "Hotel Transylvania 2" has earned a robust $47.5 million in its debut weekend, making it the top September opener of all time.

The previous record holder was "Hotel Transylvania" which opened to $42.5 million in 2012.

The film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Mel Brooks, Selena Gomez and Kevin James and is the only animated feature on the market until "Peanuts" opens in November.

"The Intern," a PG-13 rated workplace comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, took a distant second with $18.2 million. Audiences for the Nancy Meyers film were 62 percent women and 88 percent over the age of 25.

"Everest," meanwhile, took fourth place with only $13.1 million after expanding nationwide.