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Hotel Transylvania tops US film chart

Hotel Transylvania
Image caption Dracula is voiced by Adam Sandler while Andy Samberg is the voice of Johnnystein.

The animated 3D film Hotel Transylvania has set a new high for a September debut at the US and Canadian box office, bringing in $43m (£26.6m), according to studio estimates.

Science-fiction thriller Looper opened in second place with $21.2m (£13m).

It was followed by last week's tied chart-topper, End of Watch which took in $8m (£5m).

In a strong weekend, revenues were $120m (£74m) - up 21% on the same time last year.

"Sony really kind of saved the day here, turning things around after a full month of less-than-stellar box office," said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

"The post-summer period didn't exactly set the world on fire," he added.

The family fright film was a return to success for funnyman Adam Sandler whose summer film, That's My Boy, flopped with $13.4m (£8.3m) in its opening weekend.

Sandler provides the voice of Count Dracula as proprietor of a resort catering to Frankenstein, the Wolfman and other classic monsters.

Elsewhere in the chart, Clint Eastwood's Trouble with the Curve, about a baseball recruiter losing his sight, was placed at number four with $7.5m (£4.6m) in box office receipts.

Falling four places, last week's other number one, the horror movie House at the End of the Street brought in $7.2m (£4.5), while new teen comedy-musical Pitch Perfect earned an impressive $5.2m (£3.2m) from 335 theatres to take sixth place.

The weekend's other new release, school drama Won't Back Down, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis rounded off the top ten with a disappointing $2.7m (£1.7) despite being shown at 2,515 screens.

Other top ten films included the re-release of Finding Nemo in 3D, Resident Evil: Retribution and The Master.

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