Night School topped the weekend box office earning an estimated $28 milion. That was short of some forecasts but it’s a solid start for the film which cost only $29 million to produce. It also received an “A-” CinemaScore and had mixed reviews from critics. The film played to an audience that was 50/50 male/female and 59% were aged 25 or older.
Internationally the film earned an estimated $5.5 million from 19 markets.
The film should do quite fine in the long run with little competition for now and generally positive word of mouth. Add in a low cost for the budget and the movie should turn a nice profit.
In second place was another debut, Smallfoot which met expectations. The film earned an estimated $23 million over the three days. The studio said they expected a debut in the $20-25 million range. The film received an “A-” CinemaScore and played to an audience that was 55% female and 52% of the audience coming in at 25 years or older.
Internationally the film opened in 49 markets and earned an estimated $14 million.
Third place went to The House With a Clock on Its Walls which added an estimated $12.5 million to its total to bring its domestic take to $44.8 million off a $42 million budget after two weeks.
Fourth place was held by A Simple Favor which brought in an estimated $6.6 million to bring its domestic total to $43.1 million after three weeks.
Rounding out the top five was The Nun which added an estimated $5.4 million to its domestic total to bring that to $109 million. The film also earned $16.2 million overseas to push the international total to $221 million and worldwide to over $330 million. It’s the highest grossing film in the Conjuring universe.
In comic films…
Ant-Man and the Wasp slipped just one spot to come in at #24 for the weekend after 13 weeks. The film added an estimated $259,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $216.1 million.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic film adaptation.s