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Box Office: ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ to Scare Off Competition With $46 Million Debut

Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” is outpacing its box office competition, the studio’s conservative projections for the sequel and the original film’s opening weekend numbers — the animated sequel looks poised to rake in upwards of $46 million in its first weekend.

Featuring the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James and Keegan-Michael Key, “Hotel Transylvania 2” bowed Friday in 3,754 locations and generated $13 million in first-day receipts. The original “Hotel Transylvania” opened to $42 million in 2012 on its way to a domestic haul of $148 million.

The big weekend for “Hotel” will set a new record for a September opening, as well as a new record for Sony Pictures Animation’s best opening ever.

Earning about half the Friday haul as “Transylvania” was Nancy Meyers’ “The Intern,” which nabbed $6 million from 3,305 locations. Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro star in this Warner Bros. comedy aimed at older viewers, which is expected to finish the weekend with a total around $17 million.

Behind “The Intern” was holdover success “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” which earned $4 million on Friday after bowing last weekend in first place with $30 million. The Fox YA novel adaptation will likely finish the weekend in third place with a three-day total of $13-14 million. Dylan O’Brien stars in the sequel to 2014’s post-apocalyptic “The Maze Runner,” which grossed $102 million at the domestic B.O.

Universal’s action thriller “Everest” finished Friday just a hair behind “Scorch Trials” with $4 million, pacing for a weekend total of $12 million from 3,006 locations. Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and Jason Clarke star in the mountaineering adventure, which opened wide Friday after opening exclusively in Imax and large-format locations to $7 million last weekend.

Eli Roths’ buzzy horror release “The Green Inferno” bowed to $1.5 million from 1,540 locations Friday, which indicates a weekend total between $3-4 million. The BH Tilt/Universal endeavor follows students whose plane crashes in the jungle, where they are captured by a tribe of cannibals.

Emily Blunt starrer “Sicario” made it into the top 10 Friday, showing in 59 locations. The drug cartel drama is expected to finish the weekend with between $1.5 and $2 million. See what the cast of the film had to say about Denis Villeneuve’s thriller in this video interview.

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