Friday, September 25, 2015

The LATEST Prediction

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.


Grant said...

It'll dip pretty fast. It's an awful cartoon. While the writing is pretty lame--kind of like leftover gags from the first film--the direction is pretty much what one would expect. It's flat, more about things moving around that telling a story or creating characters. Kids were running up and down the aisles bored when saw it.

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