Hotel Transylvania 3′ to Rock the Box Office While ‘Skyscraper’ Falls Short

Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is heading for a box office victory while Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper” is badly under-performing at the North American box office, early estimates showed Friday.

“Hotel Transylvania 3” will finish in the middle of forecasts with $44 million at 4,267 sites, while “Skyscraper” should finish at about $23 million — well below recent projections in the $33 million to $40 million range. “Skyscraper” looked likely to finish in a distant third behind the second weekend of Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” at $31 million, down 59%

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is the first animated comedy to open since Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” launched on June 15. “Incredibles 2” has become a smash hit and should finish the weekend at about $534 million domestically.

The downbeat performance of “Skyscraper,” opening at 3,782 North American locations, may have resulted from the frequency of Johnson-starring roles in multiplexes this year. Johnson’s comedy-adventure “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was a major hit, earning $961.8 million at the worldwide box office for Sony. His action-adventure “Rampage” performed respectably during the spring with $425.7 million worldwide for Warner Bros.

“Skyscraper” stars Johnson as a former FBI agent and amputee who is head of security at Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper. When the 240-story building comes under attack by terrorists and Johnson’s character finds himself framed — with his family trapped above the fire line — he responds by climbing 100-story tower cranes. “Central Intelligence” helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber directs “Skyscraper.”

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