'Hotel Transylvania 3…' becomes number one in US

Skyscraper gets rocky start as Hotel Transylvania 3 checks in at No.1

"Summer Vacation" made $44.1 million in domestic ticket sales over the weekend, easily besting Johnson's "Skyscraper".

Sony's animated family feature picked up US$46.4 million overseas the past weekend for a global start of US$100 million.

Featuring the voice talents of Adam Sandler as Dracula and Selena Gomez as Mavis, the successful series has grossed over $900 million worldwide to date.

"We're thrilled", Sony's president of worldwide distribution Josh Greenstein said.

"We took the No. 1 slot this weekend with a tremendous amount of competition". The movie's three-day opening beats the franchise's inaugural film opening of $42.5 million back in 2012, though falls slightly short of the $48.5 million debut for 2015's Hotel Transylvania 2. The superhero sequel picked up another US$35.3 million internationally, taking its global total to US$284 million.

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Movie studio Universal is banking on his massive global following to justify the film's pricey US$125 million budget. "Skyscraper" is set in China, so it's possible that by the time the film opens there next week, the weak domestic returns will be beside the point. "It's not all about opening weekend".

Rounding out the top five were Incredibles 2 (weekend gross $16.2 million, total gross $535.8 million) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (weekend gross $15.5 million, total gross $363.2 million).

Disney-Pixar's Incredibles 2 is now the ninth-highest domestic release of all time with US$535.8 million. The animated family film has amassed US$856.9 million worldwide, including US$321 million from overseas markets. Another indie success story belongs to A24's Eighth Grade, which opened to $252,284 on four threates, giving it the best per-theatre average ($63,071) of the year so far.

Meanwhile, Annapurna's "Sorry to Bother You" nabbed seventh place at the domestic box office. Joaquin Phoenix stars in the Amazon Studios comedy, which earned $20,780 per theatre. The Brad Bird-directed sequel continues its awesome run, not only as the highest domestic grossing animated film of all-time, but the ninth-highest domestic grossing film of all-time.



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