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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This past weekend saw the wide release of the Kevin Hart comedy Night School and the animated film Smallfoot.

At No. 1 came Night School, which stars Tiffany Hadish and Kevin Hart. The film was a pretty straightforward comedy, and while it was killed by critics, it really seemed to resonate with audiences, taking in $28 million in its opening weekend domestically. The film received an A- CinemaScore, meaning audiences really dug it based on the marketing they received, which is about as high a praise you can hope for. Given its $29 million budget, and the fact that the movie also made an extra $5.5 million overseas, it looks like this’ll be another profitable enterprise for Kevin Hart and co.

Next up was Smallfoot, the animated film from Warner Animation Group. The film only took in $23.0 million in its opening weekend. That doesn’t sound too bad, but given its $80 million budget, it’s not too great, and means that the film will likely lose money. This contrasts with the film’s relatively positive critical reception as well as its A- CinemaScore, which goes to show that not every good film will succeed in this day and age.

In third place is The House With a Clock in its Walls, which took in $12.5 million on its second weekend, dropping a pretty hefty 53% from its opening weekend. That being said, thanks to its low budget of $42 million, it’s already exceeded its budget with its $53.8 million worldwide haul. It’s not in the black yet but could be well on its way depending on how overseas fares.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 30, are below:

Night School – Universal – $28.0M
Smallfoot – Warner Bros. – $23.0M
House With A Clock In Its Walls, The – Universal – $12.5M
Simple Favor, A – Lionsgate – $6.6M
Nun, The – Warner Bros. – $5.4M
Hell Fest – Lionsgate – $5.1M
Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros. $4.2M
Predator, The – 20th Century Fox – $3.7M
White Boy Rick – Sony – $2.4M
Peppermint – STX Entertainment – $1.8M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 30, are below:

Smallfoot – Warner Bros. – $37.0M
Night School – Universal – $33.5M
House With A Clock In Its Walls, The – Multiple – $21.9M
Nun, The – Warner Bros. – $21.6M
Johnny English Strikes Again – Universal – $14.2M
Simple Favor, A – Lionsgate – $13.7M
Incredibles 2 – Disney – $12.2M
Predator, The – 20th Century Fox – $10.7M
Cry Me A Sad River – Multiple – $7.9M
Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros. – $7.4M

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SOURCE: Box Office Mojo, comScore

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.