Sony reports that Hotel Transylvania 2 posted a strong opening day of $13.25 million on Friday, besting its predecessor's $10.97 million first Friday three years ago by 21 percent. This marks yet another recent victory for the studio, and gives Adam Sandler a welcome win at the box office after the under-performance of Pixels over the summer. The studio reports an "A-" CinemaScore for the sequel, on top of a very encouraging 85 percent Flixster audience score as of this morning -- indicators that the pic is playing well and will sprout healthy legs through the fall as the only animated release until November's Peanuts Movie. Sony is projecting a $46 million opening weekend for Hotel Transylvania 2, which would already give it the new September record over its predecessor ($42.5 million), but we're a bit more optimistic and projecting a $48 million frame.
Offering a strong debut itself in second place, Warner Bros.' The Intern bowed to $6.22 million on Friday. The dramedy is finding great appeal with older crowds -- particularly women -- thanks to leads Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, as well as writer/director Nancy Meyers. The latter continues to build her following with this film after past successes like It's Complicated, The Holiday, Something's Gotta Give, and What Women Want. This is her first (and second ever) film to open outside the holiday season since 1998's The Parent Trap, so comparisons are few and far between; that being said, Intern bested the $4.96 million first day of Age of Adaline earlier this year, as well as fellow De Niro-starrer The Family ($5.4 million) in September 2013. With strong word of mouth ("A-" CinemaScore; 79 percent on Flixster), expect a long and healthy run. BoxOffice is projecting a $17 million opening weekend.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was off 63 percent from opening day last week to $4.115 million yesterday in third place. That gives the young adult sequel an eight-day domestic haul of $41.8 million, putting it 9 percent behind the pace of the first film. BoxOffice projects a $13.8 million sophomore frame.
Universal's Everest claimed fourth on Friday with $4.01 million as it expanded into nationwide release following a fantastic IMAX/PLF debut last weekend, giving it a domestic total of $14.05 million so far. The studio is expecting a $12.1 million weekend, which is noticeably below most expectations entering the weekend, but still gives it a solid place to start from as word of mouth continues to appear positive. It's big test will be next week when it loses IMAX screens to The Walk.
Black Mass was off 60 percent from last Friday to $3.5 million in fifth place. The well-received Johnny Depp-led gangster pic has tallied $34.6 million through eight days of release, about 9 percent off the pace of 2010's The Town. Look for a healthy second weekend total around $11 million.
Eli Roth's first directorial feature in eight years, The Green Inferno, opened with $1.47 million in 1,540 theaters yesterday. That's considerably behind the $3.1 million first day of his 2003 debut film, Cabin Fever, but is in line with expectations for the low-budget horror pic. Early word of mouth (44 percent on Flixster; 38 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) is par for the course given its genre. BoxOffice projects a $3.5 million weekend.
Meanwhile, War Room continues to impress as it eased 33 percent from last Friday to $1.225 million. Its domestic tally is now at $52.95 million as it heads toward a $4.2 million frame.
Last but not least, Sicario earned $550,838 on Friday as it cracked the top ten in a limited expansion to 59 theaters. That's up 312 percent from last Friday's take, offering a similar performance as last year's Birdman -- which bumped 219 percent Friday-to-Friday as it expanded to 50 locations in its second frame. With an excellent $1.13 million earned in total so far, Sicario is poised to bring in $1.7 million this weekend before it expands nationwide next Friday.