Long Range Forecast: 'Hotel Transylvania 2'

Featured Stories - on July 31, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff

ht2.pngThis week, five new films join our Long Range Forecast. Hotel Transylvania 2 should easily win the weekend upon its September 25 debut, but will it live up to the 2012 original's performance?

Also, Everest and Sicario will expand into wide release on the same weekend. Our initial predictions for those and other newcomers are in the table below.

Hotel Transylvania 2
(Sony) 

PROS:

- The 2012 original was a big hit for Sony, earning $148 million domestically after a $42.5 million opening (a September record which still stands).
- Most of the all-star voice cast is returning, along with some new talent in support of Adam Sandler's lead.
- As the first major animated release of the fall (and since July's Minions), family demand should be fairly strong.

CONS:

- Sandler's drawing power (even among his once reliable family audience) has taken a big hit in the years since the first film, particularly with the under-performances of Pixels and Blended.
- Animated sequels don't always guarantee repeated success, although a similar run to the first isn't out of the question if the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs pics are any indication.
- October has a couple of high profile family-friendly flicks set for release. Could they impact this sequel's long term run?

Check out our complete Long Range Forecast in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Domestic Total
The Intern Sep 25, 2015 Warner Bros.
$14,000,000 $48,000,000
The Green Inferno Sep 25, 2015 BH Tilt / High Top
$4,000,000 $8,000,000
Hotel Transylvania 2 Sep 25, 2015 Sony / Columbia
$39,000,000 $128,000,000
Black Mass Sep 18, 2015 Warner Bros.
$20,000,000 $68,000,000
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Sep 18, 2015 Fox
$47,000,000 $130,000,000
Everest (2015) Sep 18, 2015 Universal
$17,000,000* $52,000,000
Sicario (2015) Sep 18, 2015 Lionsgate
$9,000,000* $30,000,000
Captive (2015) Sep 18, 2015 Paramount
$5,500,000 $14,000,000
The Visit (2015) Sep 11, 2015 Universal
$12,000,000 $29,000,000
The Perfect Guy Sep 11, 2015 Sony / Screen Gems
$15,000,000 $34,000,000
The Transporter Refueled Sep 4, 2015 EuropaCorp Films
$10,000,000 $23,000,000
A Walk in the Woods Sep 2, 2015 Broad Green Pictures
$3,300,000** $10,000,000
Sinister 2 Aug 28, 2015 Focus / Gramercy
$19,000,000 $42,000,000
We Are Your Friends Aug 28, 2015 Warner Bros.
$14,000,000 $40,000,000
War Room Aug 28, 2015 Sony / TriStar
$7,000,000 $23,000,000
No Escape (2015) Aug 26, 2015 Weinstein Company
$5,000,000** $15,000,000
Hitman: Agent 47 Aug 21, 2015 Fox
$7,000,000 $17,000,000
American Ultra Aug 21, 2015 Lionsgate
$10,000,000 $28,000,000
Underdogs (2015) Aug 14, 2015 Weinstein Company
$7,000,000 $22,000,000
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Aug 14, 2015 Warner Bros.
$20,000,000 $60,000,000
Straight Outta Compton Aug 14, 2015 Universal
$37,000,000 $105,000,000
Shaun the Sheep Movie Aug 7, 2015 Lionsgate
$5,500,000 $16,500,000
Fantastic Four (2015) Aug 7, 2015 Fox
$46,000,000 $108,000,000
Ricki and the Flash Aug 7, 2015 Sony / TriStar
$9,000,000 $30,000,000
The Gift (2015) Aug 7, 2015 STX Entertainment
$8,000,000 $20,000,000

* = Forecast for wide opening weekend on September 25 (film opens in limited release on September 18)
** = 3-day (Fri-Sun)

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

Tags: Sicario, Everest, predictions, The Intern, The Green Inferno, Hotel Transylvania 2

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