Sony's Looper grossed $1.61 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a third consecutive day. The sci-fi action film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis was up 4 percent over Wednesday's performance. Looper placed in second for the week with a very solid seven-day start of $28.10 million. That was towards the higher end of pre-release expectations and places the film 1 percent behind the $28.48 million one-week start of 2010's Red and 48 percent ahead of the $19.04 million one-week start of 2009's Surrogates. Looper will hope to hold up well going forward thanks to strong word of mouth, though it obviously faces a very tough test this weekend with the release of Fox's Taken 2.
Fellow Sony release Hotel Transylvania placed in a very close second with $1.60 million. The computer animated film featuring Adam Sandler trailed Looper by a very slim $87,034 for the day and will have no problem leaping back over Looper this weekend given its appeal with family audiences. Hotel Transylvania was easily the week's top film with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $49.66 million. The film is currently running 40 percent stronger than the $35.44 million seven-day take of 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 11 percent softer than the $56.02 million seven-day take of 2004's Shark Tale.
After opening in close proximity to one another last week, Open Road's End of Watch, Warner's Trouble with the Curve and Relativity's House at the End of the Street continued to perform similarly this week. End of Watch grossed $10.68 million this week to place in third, Trouble with the Curve claimed fourth with a weekly take of $9.64 million and House at the End of the Street placed in fifth for the week with $8.76 million. Respective two-week totals stand at $28.85 million for End of Watch, at $25.84 million for Trouble with the Curve and at $23.83 million for House at the End of the Street.
Universal's Pitch Perfect took fifth place on Thursday with $0.46 million. The PG-13 comedy starring Anna Kendrick averaged $1,380 from 335 locations for the day and was up a healthy 18 percent over Wednesday. Pitch Perfect placed in sixth for the week with a very encouraging seven-day start of $6.85 million. The film expands to wide release today and is now playing in 2,770 locations.
In other box office news, Disney is reporting that Marvel's The Avengers is ending its domestic run with a final domestic total of $623,357,910.