Sunday, September 30, 2018



"Night School" and "Smallfoot" topped the weekend box-office with performances that didn't exceed expectations, but didn't disappoint, either. Also, the small budget horror film "Hell Fest" performed well in its opening weekend.

Find out more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

The comedy "Night School" starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish opened with $28 million from 3,010 theaters, against a $29 million budget. It also brought in $5.5 million internationally from 19 markets. The film received mostly mixed-to-negative reviews from critics (30 on Rotten Tomatoes and 43 on Metacritic), but audiences seemed to like it as CinemaScore reports an "A-" from their opening night polls.

In second place we have another new arrival, Warner Bros' animated film "Smallfoot", which opened with $23 million, pretty much as expected. The film cost $80 million to produce, so it might be a while before the movie really starts turning a profit. Overseas it grossed $15.6 million from 49 countries. The film received a mixed-to-positive reception from critics (69% on Rotten Tomatoes and 59 on Metacritic), but once again, moviegoers seem to have enjoyed their experience judging from CinemaScore's "A-" grade.

Last week's #1 movie, the fantasy film "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" finished in third place this weekend with $12.5 million following a 53% drop. The film has grossed $44.7 million in ten days and another $9 million internationally.

Paul Feig's comedy-thriller "A Simple Favor" landed in fourth place with $6.6 million, bringing its domestic cume to $43 million in 17 days.

The Top 5 is rounded out by the horror film "The Nun" with $5.4 million. And after bringing in another $16.2 million internationally over the weekend, the film has reached a global tally of $330 million, becoming the highest grossing film in the Conjuring franchise, both overseas and worldwide.

In sixth place we have the last of the new wide releases, the horror film "Hell Fest" with a $5.4 million debut from 2,297 theaters. The film had a small $5.5 million budget, so it's already in the clear. The bad news is that the film has received mostly negative reviews from both critics (37% on Rotten Tomatoes and 23 on Metacritic) and audiences ("C" from CinemaScore), which will probably help push the film out of the Top 10 pretty quickly.

New Wide Releases: "Night School", "Smallfoot", "Hell Fest".

Biggest Drop : "Fahrenheit 11/9" (-62.7%)

Smallest Drop : "Crazy Rich Asians" (-34.6%)

RankTitleWeekend GrossDomestic TotalForeign TotalBudget
1Night School$28M$28M$5.5M$29M
3The House With a Clock in Its Walls$12.5M$44.7M$9M$42M
4A Simple Favor$6.6M$43M$19.8M$20M
5The Nun$5.4M$109M$221M$22M
6Hell Fest$5M$5MN/A$5.5M
7Crazy Rich Asians$4.1M$165.6M$53.2M$30M
8The Predator$3.7M$47.6M$68.2M$88M
9White Boy Rick$2.3M$21.7MN/A$29M


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