Box office roundup Sept. 30 – Dracula soars to top spot

1. Hotel Transylvania – $43 million [debut week] Be honest. Did anyone see this coming? It’s been awhile since an animated film topped the box office (You’d need to go all the way back to “Brave” in June for that). Parents clearly wanted an option at the theater and flocked to this animated feature starring horror icons Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolfman.

2. Looper – $21 million [debut week].

I’m surprised this didn’t take the box office easily considering the pairing of Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levett, great early buzz and an original concept, but it will likely have a longer stay in the top 5.

3. End of Watch – $8 million [$26 million in total; 2nd week] The cop drama won last week, but falls to the newcomers this week. Still, not bad considering there was more than two new arrivals this week.

4. Trouble with the Curve – $7.5 million [$23.7 million] The baseball drama with Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake stayed in the mix and only fell one slot this week.

5. House at the End of the Street – $7.1 million [$22 million in total; 2nd week] – Jennifer Lawrence’s horror/thriller was in a tight race for the top spot last week, but fell pretty far this week. Still, not bad for a horror movie.