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‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ Trailer Hits the High Seas

The Hotel Transylvania crew set sail

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Sony has a new “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” trailer, the animated-comedy is ready to hit theaters later this July. The third installment in the popular franchise, “Hotel Transylvania 3” takes the ghostly crew out of the castle and into the sun.

This time around everyone’s favorite monster family embarks on a family vacation aboard a luxury monster cruise ship. The family goes island hopping so that Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. The studio teases the film adding, “It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.”

This installment was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, who wrote the script with Michael McCullers. The film has a large cast behind it including; Adam Sandler (Dracula), Andy Samberg (Johnny), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Kevin James (Frank), David Spade (Griffin), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray), Molly Shannon (Wanda), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Kathryn Hahn (Ericka), Jim Gaffigan (Van Helsing), and Mel Brooks (Vlad).

Sony Pictures‘ animated-comedy has been a popular franchise in the past, the original film grossed over $148M domestically before going on to make $358M in 2012. The sequel did even better, released in 2015 “Hotel Transylvania 2” made almost $170M before grossing over $473M worldwide. That’s the number that “Hotel Transylvania 3” will want to beat this July, though it will have a lot of adult-centered competition at the box-office.

Since the “Hotel Transylvania” films have been so popular in the past, other family-oriented films are giving the animated-comedy a wide-berth. It should be noted that previous films in the franchise have opened in the fall, closer to Halloween, and that this film is the first in the franchise to get a summer debut. Opening the same weekend as HT:3 is the Dwayne Johnson actioner “Skyscraper” and the following week is the premiere of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!”. Those two films will probably win their respected weekends, but shouldn’t cut into Sony’s family focused comedy over the long haul.

Sony will release “Hotel Transylvania 3” on July 13, 2018.