Weekend Wrap-Up: What Happened at the Box Office?

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October 1st, 2012

Weekend Wrap-Up: What Happened at the Box Office?

-- "Hotel Transylvania" was open for business this weekend, launching to the top of box office rankings with earnings of $43 million. The spooky film shows what Dracula does in his off-hours: runs a relaxing resort for his fellow monsters. When an oblivious human named Jonathan manages to invade the hotel, everything starts going wrong. Things get even more complicated when Jonathan forms a bond with Dracula's daughter. Thanks to action, rude humor and scary images, the family-friendly animated film has a PG rating.

"Looper" brought in $21,200,000, earning second place in overall rankings. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a hired gun with a strange job description. In 2044, he assassinates targets that are sent to him from the year 2074, making his work untraceable. When the hired gun recognizes one of his victims, he has to cheat time to survive. The inventive sci-fi movie has an R rating for violence, language, nudity, mature content and drug content.

During its first weekend in theaters, "Won't Back Down" brought in $2,700,000, just squeaking into the top ten box office rankings. Two dedicated mothers are tired of watching their children struggle at school and decide to turn things around. However, they will have to battle against a reluctant administration and unfriendly parents if they want to see real change and create a better future for the students. The film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements and language.

Continuing Films

"End of Watch" earned slightly over $8 million during the weekend of September 28th, with total earnings now reaching over $26 million. Two young police officers accidentally end up in the middle of a war that involves a ruthless and vengeful Mexican drug cartel. With their very lives on the line, the partners have to struggle to stay true to their integrity and courage. The R rating is because of drug use, language, violence and disturbing images.

"Trouble with the Curve" made $7,530,000 this weekend, with total profits of more than $23 million. Gus is a dedicated scout for the Atlanta Braves, feeling increasingly threatened by new technology that may replace his job. To make matters worse, his eyesight has been failing him lately. His daughter, Mickey, steps in to help Gus, but he could lose everything. The PG-13 rating is due to smoking, thematic material, language and mature references.

"House at the End of the Street" earned $7,154,000 during its second weekend in theaters. Total earnings now reach over $22 million. When Elissa befriends a boy in her new neighborhood, she feels confused by the strange reactions that seem to follow him everywhere he goes. By the time she learns the full truth about his dark past, it may be too late for Elissa to save herself. Teen partying, drug material, thematic elements, language, terror and violence all contribute to the PG-13 rating.

"Finding Nemo 3D" brought in $4,066,000, contributing to overall profits of over $36 million. Nemo, a young clownfish, just wants to experience adventure, but his nervous father holds him back. When Nemo finally does wind up having an adventure, it could mean that he never sees his father again, unless the two can find a way back home. The film has a G rating.

Movies to DVD

"Dark Shadows" stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a former playboy who must now walk the earth as a vampire. When he finally wakes up from his curse, the year is 1972, and Barnabas will have to get used to some unexpected changes. His human descendants are not so sure how to react to the eccentric vampire. The PG-13 rating is due to smoking, language, drug use mature content and comic violence. "Dark Shadows" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday, October 2nd.

"Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" is a film about the silver lining of family dysfunction. Diane escapes her high-powered New York lifestyle by taking her two teenagers to visit their grandmother. Thanks to her mother's hippie ways, Diane might end up having more of a vacation then she expected. The R rating is due to mature references and drug use.

"People Like Us" stars Chris Pine as a corporate barterer whose professional life seems to be on thin ice lately. In the middle of this upheaval, Sam learns shocking news. His estranged father has died and left behind a family that Sam did not know about. Now, his new family wants to meet Sam. "People Like Us" is rated PG-13 for mature content, language and drug use.

"Red Lights" is a thriller about Margaret Matheson, a paranormal investigator who has her skepticism challenged by unexplainable events. A charismatic psychic threatens to shake up everything Margaret thinks she knows about the world, the afterlife and her own identity. The R rating is due to violence and language.