Hotel Transylvania books spot at top of US box office


Sony's animated film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation took in US$44.1 million in ticket sales and swatted away Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp.
Sony's animated film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation took in US$44.1 million in ticket sales and swatted away Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp. PHOTO: SONY PICTURES

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Sony's animated film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation booked a stay at the top of the North American box office, taking US$44.1 million (S$60.2 million) in ticket sales, according to industry estimates on Sunday (July 15).

The animated fantasy comedy, whose voice cast includes Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, follows Count Dracula and his family as they get away from their hotel for their own vacation.

It swatted away last week's number one, Ant-Man And The Wasp, in at second with takings of US$28.8 million over the three-day weekend, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The 20th release in Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe sees ex-con Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) languishing under house arrest in San Francisco after being caught, as his shrinkable superhero alter-ego, fighting some of the other Avengers in Captain America: Civil War (2016).

Struggling to balance home life and Ant-Man duties, he's confronted by old flame Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), alias the Wasp, with an urgent new mission.

Third place went to Universal's new release Skyscraper, with earnings of US$25.5 million.

Packed with action, it sees Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson star as an ex-FBI agent who has to rescue his family from the newly built tallest skyscraper in the world, after terrorists set it ablaze.

In at fourth was Incredibles 2, dropping one place with takings of US$16.2 million. After earning US$28.4 million last week, it pushed past Pixar stablemate Finding Dory (2016) as the top-grossing animated film of all time in North America.

Disney's Frozen still holds the global box office record for animated films.

Ranking fifth was Universal's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, taking US$15.5 million.

The movie, which has raked in more than US$1 billion globally, sees Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard struggle to contain dinosaurs rescued from a tropical Pacific island and sheltered temporarily at a California mansion.

Rounding out the top 10 were: The First Purge (US$9.1 million), Sorry To Bother You (US$4.3 million), Sicario: Day Of The Soldado (US$3.9 million), Uncle Drew (US$3.2 million), Ocean's 8 (US$2.9 million).