BOX OFFICE REPORT
September 21-23, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The House with
a Clock in Its Walls
|A Simple Favor||$10.4 million|
|The Nun||$10.2 million|
|The Predator||$8.7 million|
|Crazy Rich Asians||$6.5 million|
Jack Black and Cate Blanchett cast a spell on audiences as The House with a Clock in Its Walls took huge command of the box office. With an estimated $28.5 million, that was nearly more than the next three films combined. The adaptation of the children's book, directed by the decidedly not family-friendly Eli Roth, is the best debut that filmmaker's ever had. It also proves that Black is a hit with young audiences, even 12 years removed from Nacho Libre and 15 years removed from School of Rock.
A Simple Favor did survive on word of mouth. Falling only 35 percent, the comedy-mystery earned another $10.4 million. The Nun ended up just below that. It became the 20th movie to cross $100 million at the box office this year. By next week, it will be the second-biggest movie in that franchise, which has made nearly $1.5 billion worldwide.
The Predator took a massive hit. After bad reviews and bewilderment from general audiences, the film dropped nearly 65 percent. This means it won't make back its $88 million budget, and will definitely put any sequel plans on ice. Maybe it can be reclaimed with a director's cut on Blu-ray? But what doesn't need any reclaiming is Crazy Rich Asians. By next weekend, it will be among the 10 biggest movies of the year, and will overtake The Proposal to become the biggest romantic comedy in 13 years.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Colette, a biopic on French writer Gabrielle Colette. The period piece starring Keira Knightley averaged $39,197 on each of its four screens.
- Michael Moore couldn't recapture his 2004 mojo. Fahrenheit 11/9, a documentary on the disastrous turn our country has taken since 2016, managed just $3.1 million. While that's an incredible debut for any non-fiction film, that's nowhere near Fahrenheit 9/11, his blockbuster 2004 doc that debuted at No. 1 and became the biggest documentary of all time.
- It was the wrong weekend for two smaller studios to make their big splashes. Amazon dropped Life Itself on 2,600 screens, while Neon pushed Assassination Nation onto 1,400 screens. Both films debuted outside the top 10, with the former making just $2.1 million and the latter just over $1 million.
While kids could demand enough of their parents to see the animated Smallfoot, there's no reason why two of the biggest names in comedy – Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart – can't get at least $25 million worth of tickets for Night School.