The animated film from Adam Sandler grossed an estimated $43 million in its first weekend and set a new record for the biggest September opening, according to Box Office Mojo. Sci-fi time travel film Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, took second place, snatching $21.2 million in its debut weekend.
End of Watch, which narrowly beat the competition to take the top spot last weekend, fell to third with $8 million. Trouble with the Curve followed at No. 4. Completing the top 5, House at the End of the Street scared up another $ 7.15 million.
The new acapella movie Pitch Perfect hit the right note with audiences, taking in $ 5.2 million from just 335 theaters to grab sixth place. The other new release of the weekend, Won't Back Down, broke a record as well — for second-worst opening ever after it earned $2.6 million to rank tenth.