‘Hotel Transylvania’ logs $43M debut
Adam Sandler’s monster mash-up “Hotel Transylvania” has brought the weekend box office back to life after a late-summer slump.
The animated comedy from Sony Pictures debuted at No. 1 with $43 million, one of the strongest starts ever for a movie opening in September, according to studio estimates Sunday.
“Hotel Transylvania” set a new high for September debuts in terms of actual dollars, beating the previous record of $35.7 million for 2002’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” But factoring in today’s higher admission prices, “Sweet Home Alabama” sold more tickets.
This weekend’s box office was further strengthened by a solid No. 2 debut for another Sony release, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon- Levitt’s time-travel thriller “Looper,” which took in $21.2 million.
The R-rated film pulled in male action fans. Set in 2044, the film stars Gordon-Levitt as a hit man assigned to kill victims sent back in time — including his future self (Bruce Willis).
The previous weekend’s No. 1 movie, Open Road Films’ police story “End of Watch,” fell to No. 3 with $8 million, raising its domestic total to $26.2 million.
Official: Arrest in Lohan dispute voided
A 25-year-old man initially arrested Sunday on an assault charge after Lindsay Lohan claimed he grabbed her in a New York hotel room in an argument over cellphone images was freed hours later and his arrest voided when the charge could not be substantiated, law-enforcement officials said.
Instead, Christian LaBella of Valley Village, Calif., and Lohan were filing harassment complaints with police against each other after they were interviewed by police about their run-in, law- enforcement officials said.
Afterward, Lohan publicist Steve Honig expressed outrage that police did not charge LaBella.
“We think it’s both distressing and outrageous,” he said in a telephone interview. “Lindsey was assaulted, and there needs to be a consequence for that.”
LaBella could not be reached to comment.
LaBella was taken into custody about 6 a.m. after a 911 call came from the W Hotel in Manhattan’s Union Square where Lohan apparently pulled the fire alarm, the two officials said. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
A former congressional aide, LaBella was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge but released later Sunday.