'Hotel Transylvania' Brings Box Office Back From the Dead

After nearly two months in the dumper, Hollywood finally got some good news at the box office this weekend, as "Hotel Transylvania" led a record-setting revival with $43 million for the biggest opening since "The Dark Knight Rises" way back in July.

That figure also represents the biggest September debut in box office history, easily besting the $36.6 million earned by "Sweet Home Alabama" in 2002.

And "Hotel Transylvania" wasn't alone in setting records. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Looper," which came in second with a strong $21.2 million domestically, also is on track for an estimated $24 million in China, making it the first time in history an international release has earned more in China than in the United States. "Looper" was co-produced and co-financed by China's DMG Entertainment, which has been giving it a big media push overseas.

Meanwhile, the low-budget musical comedy "Pitch Perfect" blew away expectations, bringing in $5.2 million despite being released in only 335 theaters, for a per screen average of over $15 thousand. "Pitch Perfect," which has been hyped to younger audiences through a strong, targeted word of mouth viral campaign, expands to wide release next weekend.

Overall, the box office was up nearly 20% over last year's figures, welcome news for an industry that has been cranking out one flop after another for weeks on end. Here's a look at this week's full box office report, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. "Hotel Transylvania" - $43m (our review)

2. "Looper" - $21.2m (our review)

3. "End of Watch" – $8m (our review)

4. "Trouble with the Curve" – $7.5m (our review)

5. "House at the End of the Street" – $7.2m (our review)

6. "Pitch Perfect" - $5.2m (our review)

7. "Finding Nemo" - $4.1m

8. "Resident Evil: Retribution" – $3m (our review)

9. "The Master" – $2.7m (our review)

10. "Won't Back Down" - $2.7m (our review)