BOX OFFICE REPORT
September 28-30, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Night School||$28.0 million|
|The House with a
Clock in Its Walls
|A Simple Favor||$6.6 million|
|The Nun||$5.4 million|
The teaming of comic superstars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish proved irresistible to audiences. The duo combined their powers for a sizable $28 million opening for Night School. That's Hart's sixth straight live-action No. 1 debut, all of which have debuted with $20 million or more. Haddish's star is on the rise, and this is one of three movies this fall in which she plays the lead. (The Oath opens next month and Tyler Perry's Nobody's Fool the month after.)
Smallfoot opened in second place with $23 million. That's on the more modest end of animated films, closer to Ferdinand or Storks than the output of Pixar or Illumination. Not even an unexpected meme could get it to that top spot. Still, don't be surprised if it creeps into the Best Animated Feature discussion at the Oscars. The House with the Clock in Its Walls slipped to third, but it's already outgrossed its budget.
A Simple Favor held strong again, despite falling to No. 4. Sometimes it's the smaller films that are the bigger successes, even if the numbers aren't impressive at first glance. The Nun dropped to No. 5, adding to a monumental $100 million-plus haul. It's now surpassed The Equalizer 2, A Wrinkle in Time and Fifty Shades Freed.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Free Solo, a breathtaking documentary from National Geographic. The film, which documents a death-defying climb up Yosemite National Park's El Capitan, earned a whopping $75,201 on its four screens.
- Hell Fest couldn't scare up a big audience. It only managed $5 million for sixth place. Still, it only cost slightly more than that, so it's still a "success."
- Robert Redford's final film is off to a decent start. Playing on only five screens, The Old Man & the Gun averaged $30,000 on each one. But it will need word-of-mouth to get a steal.
October begins, and with it, a ton of movies I'm dying to see. Next week will see a movie we've been making a bunch of jokes about take on a movie we started making a bunch of jokes about until it got incredible reviews. Venom, an inexplicably PG-13 take on Spider-Man's symbiotic nemesis, will face off against Bradley Cooper's remake of A Star Is Born. I'm predicting the comic book movie has the much bigger opening, with around $40 million, while A Star Is Born makes just $25 million, but ends up having the higher final gross.