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‘SKYSCRAPER’ FAILS TO SOAR WITH $25.5M DEBUT

Hotel Transylvania 3 topped the box office with $44 million, exceeding expectations for Sony Animation’s $80 million threequel about animated ghouls on a cruise in the Bermuda Triangle. Observers point to the incredible voice cast and kid-friendly silliness as selling points for families in search of entertainment.

Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan and Mel Brooks star in the threequel.

Transylvania’s success put Skyscraper’s failure into stark relief. The Dwayne Johnson-toplined thriller brought in just $25.5 million. Observers say the $125 million production’s mixed reviews and a lack of buzz may doom it overseas as well. The Rawson Marshall Thurber-helmed film debuts in China next weekend.