Night School Opens #1 At Box Office With $28M Domestically

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Night School Opens #1 At Box Office With $28M Domestically
Posted by Wilson Morales

September 30, 2018

Universal Pictures‘ new comedy Night School, starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, opened as the #1 movie in America this weekend, bringing in an estimated $28 million domestically and another $5.5 million from 19 international territories including the U.K. & Ireland, making its worldwide total $33.5 million for the weekend.

Produced by Will Packer and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, Night School also stars Taran Killam, Rob Riggle, Romany Malco, Yvonne Orji and Ben Schwartz. It’s Lee’s second consecutive #1 opener following last year’s hit, Girl Trip, which also starred Haddish.

For Packer, it’s his 10th #1 opener as the lead producer of a film. His other number one #opening weekend films include last year’s Girls Trip, Ride Along 2, No Good Deed, Think Like A Man Too, Ride Along, Think Like A Man, Takers, Obsessed, and Stomp The Yard. He was an executive producer on Straight Outta Compton.

The Warner Bros. animated adventure Smallfoot opened in second place, bringing in $23 million domestically. Internationally the film opened with $15.6 million giving it a global debut of $38.6 million. Smallfoot boasts an impressive voice cast, including Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, and Jimmy Tatro.

According to boxofficeguru.com and tumbling 53% in its second weekend was the spooky kidpic The House with a Clock in Its Walls which took in an estimated $12.5M pushing the cume to $44.8M for Universal. Competition from another PG-rated film aimed at younger patrons was a factor as was mixed word-of-mouth.

Still holding up well in its third weekend was the mystery thriller A Simple Favor which grossed an estimated $6.6M slipping 36%. Lionsgate has taken in a healthy $43.1M so far. Fright fans were still lining up for some punishment from The Nun which collected an estimated $5.4M in its fourth round, down 46%. Warner Bros. has banked an impressive $109M to date.

The new horror entry Hell Fest opened just outside the top five with an estimated $5.1M from 2,297 theaters for a soft $2,209 average. The R-rated serial killer pic from CBS Films and Lionsgate offered scares that were more from the slasher genre and did not earn much love from film critics. The production budget was only $5.5M.

Rom-com sensation Crazy Rich Asians dropped 35% to an estimated $4.2M in its seventh weekend and boosted the cume to $165.7M for Warner Bros. Continuing to crash was The Predator which fell 60% to an estimated $3.7M giving Fox $47.6M overall.

1 Night School $ 28M Universal
2 Smallfoot 23M Warner Bros.
3 House with a Clock in Its Walls 12,5M – 44,7M total Universal
4 A Simple Favor 6,6M – 43M total Lionsgate
5 The Nun 5,435,000 9,9M  – 109M total Warner Bros.
6 Hell Fest 5M  CBS Films
7 Crazy Rich Asians 4,1M – 165,6M total Warner Bros.
8 The Predator 3,7M – 47,6M total Fox
9 White Boy Rick 2,3M – 21,7M total Sony
10 Peppermint 1,7M – 33,500,000 STX


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