Transylvania Scares Up Record Debut

'Looper' takes second while 'Won't Back Down' tanks
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2012 4:21 PM CDT
This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the action thriller "Looper."   (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment)
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(Newser) Hotel Transylvania scared off the competition this weekend with the strongest debut since The Dark Knight Rises and the best September bow ever, says the Hollywood Reporter. The animation film's $43 million opening ousted Sweet Home Alabama, which banked $35.6 million on its first weekend, albeit without premium 3D prices, reports the LA Times. Meanwhile, sci-fi flick Looper scored big with $21.2 million, followed by End of Watch ($8 million) and Trouble With the Curve ($7.5 million). The weekend's only misfire was education drama Won't Back Down, which launched at $2.7 million. (Read more box office stories.)

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