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'Hotel Transylvania' checks in with top box office spot

October 02, 2012

LOS ANGELES: The animated monsters who become Dracula's guests in “Hotel Transylvania” scared up $42.5 million in their first weekend out, topping the North American box office, industry figures showed .

Another film in its premiere weekend, “Looper,” a mob movie starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, trailed in second place with a $20.8 million debut.

Cop drama “End of Watch” with Jake Gyllenhaal was in third place with $7.8 million for its second week, followed by Clint Eastwood's “Trouble with the Curve,” about a baseball recruiter losing his sight, with $7.3 million.

Fright flick “House at the End of the Street” brought in $7.1 million in the number five spot, while teen comedy-musical “Pitch Perfect” was sixth with $5.1 million.

The 3D version of pioneering 2003 animated movie “Finding Nemo” was in the seventh spot with $4 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, earned $2.7 million. Rounding out the top 10 was “Won't Back Down,” about two mothers trying to improve a school, raking in $2.6 million.