with any ticket purchase.

Don't forget to join during checkout - it's free!



Not a member? Join now or during checkout - it's free!

Offer is valid from 9:00 AM PT February 1, 2016 through 9:00 a.m. PT on February 16, 2016, while supplies last. Purchase must be made with a Fandango VIP account. Fandango VIP is free to join. Offer valid in the US only to residents 18 years of age or older. Each Fandango VIP ticket purchaser will receive a post-purchase email good for one (1) code redeemable for one (1) Shutterfly code for $20 off one (1) qualifying merchandise order of $20 or more (after any other applicable discounts and before taxes, shipping and handling) through Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. This particular offer code can only be redeemed once. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on prepaid plans, gift certificates, videograms, cards sent using mailing services, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up, purchases made on the Shutterfly iPhone, iPad and Android apps or Shutterfly Pro Galleries. Valid for the intended recipient only. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale. Shutterfly code expires March 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PT. This is a promotional code and is not to be shared and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Requires account. Terms and Privacy Policy apply, see Additional terms may apply. Void where prohibited.

'Hotel Transylvania' Sets New Record for September Opening

Following a string of disappointingly meek weekends, movie-going audiences turned out in droves in support four new films that shook up the standings atop the box-office Top 10.  
The big winner was Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania, which sank its teeth into multiplex traffic and drained an estimated $43 million from people’s wallets. It was the highest opening for a September release, topping Reese Witherspoon’s Sweet Home Alabama (which previously held the record with $35.6M). Transylvania also far out-paced the similar animated scare fest ParaNorman ($14M on opening weekend), and gives hope to Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, which opens in 3D and IMAX on Oct. 5. 
Right behind Hotel Transylvania was Rian Johnson’s Looper, a time-traveling thriller that banked an impressive $21M in its debut weekend. Riding a wave of positive reviews, Looper will look to build on its momentum – and strong word of mouth – to stay at or near the top of the charts in coming weekends.  
Another film that expects to perform well as October rolls around is Pitch Perfect. Universal dribbled the a cappella comedy into a limited number of theaters over the weekend. But with a $15,552 per-screen average, Perfect actually made its case for being the big winner on the frame. (By comparison, Hotel T had $12,840 per theater, and Looper posted $7,086). Hopefully Pitch can maintain that momentum when it expands nationwide next weekend.
The education drama Won’t Back Down, however, received the equivalent of a failing grade at the box office, notching a meager $2.7M to finish in tenth place. It couldn’t even top The Master, which posted an estimated $2.74M, despite only screening in 856 locations. 
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
1. Hotel Transylvania, $43M

2. Looper, $21.2M
3. End of Watch, $8M, $26.1M
4. Trouble With the Curve, $7.5M, $23.7M
6. Pitch Perfect, $5.2M
7. Finding Nemo 3D, $4M, $36.4M
9. The Master, $2.7M, $9.6M
10. Won’t Back Down, $2.7M

Follow along on Twitter @Sean_OConnell and @Fandango
Like it? Share it:

Next Article by Lizerne Guiting

'Breaking Dawn Part 2' Tix Available in Two Days

'Breaking Dawn Part 2' Tix Available in Two Days

Send Me FanText

Thanks for signing up!

By entering your mobile number and clicking "Sign me up!" you consent to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and authorize Fandango and its service providers to deliver FanTexts and other promotional texts to your mobile phone using automated technology. Text marketing authorization is not required for any purchase from Fandango. Message and data rates may apply. We will not send more than 5 msgs/month. YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME BY TEXTING "STOP" TO "FNDGO" (36346).