Dracula To Take A Big Bite Out Of BO?

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Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia

Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion is set to take a big bite out of week­end box office with the release of the ani­mated film Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia. Bets are on that the 3D film will slide to an easy vic­tory in the week­end race to sales, with esti­mates rais­ing as high as 35 mil­lion for the film.

Inter­est­ingly enough, one of the other two new releases this week­end is also from Sony, “Looper.” Star­ring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Rian John­son, Looper is expected to come in at sec­ond place at 22 mil­lion. The third film will be a dis­tant third, an expended box office bomb called, “Won’t Back Down.”

With a bud­get of about 100 mil­lion, Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia has had a long and trou­bled past. Var­i­ous direc­tors have included Anthony Stac­chi, David Feiss and Jill Cul­ton, with Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky helm­ing the final ver­sion. In Feb­ru­ary of 2012 Selena Gomez replaced Miley Cyrus as Mavis.

Wel­come to the Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, Dracula’s lav­ish five-stake resort, where mon­sters and their fam­i­lies can live it up, free from med­dling from the human world. But here’s a little-known fact about Drac­ula: he is not only the Prince of Dark­ness; he is also a dad.

Over­pro­tec­tive of his teenage daugh­ter Mavis, Drac­ula fab­ri­cates tales of elab­o­rate dan­gers to dis­suade her adven­tur­ous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, where his daugh­ter and some of the world’s most famous mon­sters — Franken­stein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invis­i­ble Man, a fam­ily of were­wolves, and more — can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, cater­ing to all of these leg­endary mon­sters is no prob­lem — but his world could come crash­ing down when one ordi­nary guy stum­bles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

Frank is also known as Franken­stein. Eunice is his in-your-face, over-the-top and larger-than-life Bride. Qua­si­modo, once the hunch­back of Notre Dame, is now a crazy, pas­sion­ate gourmet chef always look­ing for his next piece de resis­tance. Wayne and Wanda are a pair of mar­ried, har­ried were­wolves, par­ents to an ever-increasing lit­ter of pups, who are look­ing for­ward to their fam­ily vaca­tion at the hotel.

Mur­ray, a bois­ter­ous Mummy, was once enter­tainer to the great Pharaohs, and is now the life of the party, and always feel­ing the urge to let loose and sing. Jonathan is a 21-year-old reg­u­lar guy, care­free and full of life, whose world trav­els land him at the Hotel.

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