Box Office: Sandler’s “Hotel” is packed, “Intern” pays off, “Green Inferno” cracks the top ten

boxNobody is going to confuse the first passable cartoon to hit theaters since “Shaun the Sheep” for an Adam Sandler comeback.


But the established brand “Hotel Transylvania 2,” whose most generous reviews (like mine) used phrases like “not awful,” blew up Friday and looks to have an opening weekend in the $45-48 million range. Saturday’s always the biggest day for tiny tot toons, so we’ll see. But the gags work, and there’s nothing else for this audience out there.

“Maze Runner 2” fell off over 50%, but that’s normal.

“Everest” opened wider (see it in IMAX), and more than doubled its business, to almost $13 million.

“Black Mass” fell off 46%.

“The Intern” found an older audience, or will have, by the end of Sunday night, to the tune of $18 million.

“War Room” continues to rake in the cash for the preachers turned filmmakers, The Kendrick Brothers. $56 million and counting.
Their biggest hit ever.

“Sicario,” in relatively few theaters, cracked the top ten. Impressive.

And Eli Roth’s long-awaited horror pic “The Green Inferno,” opening wide, squeezed pictures like “Pawn Sacrifice” out of the top ten.

Th full list of the box office take this weekend is here.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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