The Box Office is Back on “Pitch”!

Hollywood has to be happy with this weekend’s business as things picked up with three strong new openings. Taking the top spot was the new animated comedy Hotel Transylvania featuring the voice of Adam Sandler whose fans clearly prefer not seeing his actual mug these days as the movie took in a big $43 million. That outgrosses the TOTAL amount his June stinker That’s My Boy tallied. Hmmm… Opening in second was the well reviewed action film Looper starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt with a good $21.2 million. (That one weekend also beats the entire gross of Levitt’s last film Premium Rush.)…. The final new film to open well and when, I say, well, I mean incredibly well was the hilarious a capella singing comedy Pitch Perfect starring Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick and the hysterical scene-stealer Rebel Wilson. In a limited release of only 335 theaters, compared to most films in over 3000 theaters, Perfect pulled in $5.2 million with a big $15,522 average which is a good sign for the movie which goes nationwide on Friday. (I also gave this wonderful and immensely entertaining comedy an “A” grade)… Unfortunately, after all that good news, there was a little bad news with the terrible opening for the school teacher drama Won’t Back Down which tanked with only $2.7 million despite the great talents of its Oscar nominated stars Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal…. For more on all these numbers, head to Box Office Mojo and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Hotel Transylvania Sony $43,000,000 – 3,349 – $12,840 $43,000,000 $85 1
2 N Looper TriS $21,200,000 – 2,992 – $7,086 $21,200,000 $30 1
3 1 End of Watch ORF $8,000,000 -39.2% 2,780 +50 $2,878 $26,169,000 $7 2
4 3 Trouble with the Curve WB $7,530,000 -38.1% 3,212 – $2,344 $23,726,000 – 2
5 2 House at the End of The Street Rela. $7,154,000 -41.8% 3,083 – $2,320 $22,225,000 $10 2
6 N Pitch Perfect Uni. $5,200,000 – 335 – $15,522 $5,200,000 $17 1
7 4 Finding Nemo (3D) BV $4,066,000 -57.8% 2,639 -265 $1,541 $36,475,000 – 3
8 5 Resident Evil: Retribution SGem $3,000,000 -55.2% 2,381 -635 $1,260 $38,700,000 $65 3
9 7 The Master Wein. $2,745,000 -37.5% 856 +68 $3,207 $9,633,000 – 3
10 N Won’t Back Down Fox $2,700,000 – 2,515 – $1,074 $2,700,000 – 1

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