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"Hotel Transylvania" Sets Record with $43 Million Debut

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hotel Transylvania had a monster weekend at the box office.  The animated film, featuring Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula, earned an estimated $43 million to open in first place.

Hotel Transylvania set a record for the highest-grossing September debut, surpassing the $35.7 million raised by the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama in 2002.

It's important to keep in mind, though, that ticket prices are higher today than they were a decade ago.  Sweet Home Alabama actually sold more tickets during its opening weekend than Hotel Transylvania did over the past three days.

The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-Bruce Willis thriller Looper premiered in second place, collecting $21.2 million. In its first weekend in theaters, the comedy Pitch Perfect ranked sixth, with $5.2 million.  It expands into wide release later this week. The Viola Davis-Maggie Gyllenhaal drama Won't Back Down bowed in 10th place, with $2.7 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to

1. Hotel Transylvania, $43 million
2. Looper, $21.2 million
3. End of Watch, $8 million
4. Trouble with the Curve, $7.5 million
5. House at the End of the Street, $7.2 million
6. Pitch Perfect, $5.2 million
7. Finding Nemo, $4.1 million
8. Resident Evil: Retribution, $3 million
9. The Master, $2.75 million
10. Won't Back Down, $2.7 million

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“Hotel Transylvania,” “Looper” and “Won't Back Down” Open Friday

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Hotel Transylvania -- Adam Sandler voices Dracula, who runs a resort for monsters like Frankenstein. The resort holds a 118th-birthday celebration for Dracula's daughter, and it takes an interesting turn when a male human shows up. Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Fran Drescher and Cee Lo Green also lend their voices to this animated film, which is screening in 3D. Rated PG.

* Looper -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an assassin for the mob whose victims are transported to him from 30 years into the future. Things get complicated when his future self, played by Bruce Willis, is marked for death. Emily Blunt and Paul Dano also star. Rated R.

* Won't Back Down -- Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal play two concerned mothers who seek to reform their kids' inner-city school. Rated PG.

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