‘Hotel Transylvania’ checks in with top box office spot


The animated monsters who become Dracula’s guests in “Hotel Transylvania” scared up $43 million in their first weekend out, industry estimates showed Sunday. Another film in its premiere weekend, “Looper,” a mob movie starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, trailed in second place with a $21.2 million debut. Cop drama “End of Watch” with Jake Gyllenhaal, was in the number three spot with $8 million for its second week in theaters. It was followed by Clint Eastwood’s “Trouble with the Curve,” about a baseball recruiter losing his sight, with $7.5 million. Fright flick “House at the End of the Street” brought in $7.2 million in the number five spot, while teen comedy-musical “Pitch Perfect” was sixth with $5.2 million. The 3D version of pioneering 2003 animated movie “Finding Nemo” was in the seventh spot with $4.1 million. In eighth was “Resident Evil: Retribution,” cashing in $3 million. “The Master,” about the rise of a religious leader in the United States in the 1950s, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.