'Hotel Transylvania' leads Friday box office and could set a record

hotel-transylvania1.jpgAfter three bad weekends in a row, things seem to be looking at the box office this time out. "Hotel Transylvania" may be on its way to a record September opening, and "Looper" is off to a solid start as well.

Animated comedy "Hotel Transylvania" made an estimated $11 million in its first day of release Friday (Sept. 28). That puts it on track to challenge the best opening weekend ever for a movie released in September. The current record is held by 2002's "Sweet Home Alabama," which made $35.6 million in its first weekend.

The well-reviewed "Looper" also got off to a solid start with a $6.9 million take on Friday. That puts it in position to make more than $20 million for the weekend.

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Last weekend's leaders, "End of Watch" and "House at the End of the Street," fell to third and fourth place on Friday with $2.4 million and $2.33 million. "Trouble With the Curve" was fifth with $2.3 million.

"Pitch Perfect" is only playing at 335 theaters this weekend, but it hit some high notes Friday, earning $1.75 million. That's a per-screen average of better than $5,000.
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