'Hotel Transylvania 3' heads North American box office at $44.1M

"Summer Vacation" opened atop the box office, earning $44.1 million, according to comScore.

Sony's animated family feature picked up US$46.4 million overseas the past weekend for a global start of US$100 million.

The animated fantasy comedy, whose voice cast includes Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, follows Count Dracula and his family as they get away from their hotel for their own vacation.

According to news agency Sony's president of worldwide distribution Josh Greenstein said, "We're thrilled".

The summer of theatrical documentaries is still in full swing, as Won't You Be My Neighbor earned US$1.8 million in its sixth weekend. The opening for "Hotel Transylvania 3" was the second-best for the franchise.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" made $28.8 million, for second place, in its second week.

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Third place went to Universal's new release Skyscraper, with earnings of $25.5 million.

The studio is banking on the former WWE wrestler's massive worldwide following to justify the film's pricey US$125 million budget.

And with an estimated $33.3 million internationally this weekend, the film has now grossed over $850 million globally. "I think we're going to have a great run".

Despite stiff competition from the Disney - Pixar smash, Incredibles 2, which came in fourth with another $16.2 million for an "incredible" domestic cume of $535 million, the latest Genndy Tartakovsky-directed SPA feature shows audiences continue to be enjoy the insane, cartoony antics of Drac, Mavis and their monstrous family ensemble. However, that order could fluctuate when final numbers are tallied on Monday. Pixar's Incredibles 2 continued to do strong business in its fifth week, and is now the most successful animated movie of all time in US.

At the speciality box office, A24's "Eighth Grade" generated the best per-screen-average of the year with $63,071. Bo Burnham wrote and directed the critically lauded feature, which made $255,000 when it opened on four screens. Joaquin Phoenix stars in the Amazon Studios comedy, which earned US$20,780 per theatre. The Brad Bird-directed sequel continues its wonderful run, not only as the highest domestic grossing animated film of all-time, but the ninth-highest domestic grossing film of all-time.

Roadside Attractions and Miramax's Whitney pulled in another US$535,385 from 208 screens. It has made $535.8 million to date, soaring past Finding Dory's $486.3 million.



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