You might remember that Hotel Transylvania 2, per the trades, was looking to scare up $30 million mere days ago. At the time, I scoffed, thinking it would end up higher. So now it looks more like this:
Animated sequel “Hotel Transylvania 2” is tracking for an opening weekend haul in the $45 million range, according to early studio estimates.
The Sony pic, with characters voiced by Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James and Keegan-Michael Key, bows in 3,754 locations. “Hotel” skipped Thursday previews, but early Friday matinee numbers are looking promising. The original “Hotel Transylvania” opened to $42 million in 2012. ...
$45 million. Whattayaknow?
There hasn't been a new animated offering in months, so I never presumed HT2 would open weakly. It's a well-loved title, and parents and kids will be lining up to see the newer incarnation. The original grossed $148,313,048 domestically, and I would expect this edition to do as well or better. HT2 has a better Rotten Tomatoes score (46% to 44%, a higher "want to see" score (87% to 72%), and sequels usually hang right in there.
Worldwide grosses should be north of $400 million.