‘Night School’ scores a soft #1 spot at weekend box office

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Turns out even if you have the country’s top performer in Tiffany Haddish, who you can see in everything from Group-on spots to every other movie out, and America’s top comedian in Kevin Hart, you still can end up soft at the box office.

Even at number one.

Despite the power couple starring in Universal’s Night School, the film only earned $28 million in its first weekend. While that is nothing to sneeze at, with Haddish and Hart it really should have been more. It did score a few more bucks overseas to bring its global total to $33.5 million. The R-rated comedy did also score an A- with audiences according to CinemaScore, so it should bode well for following weekends.

The Malcolm D. Lee-helmed film still posted better numbers than last weekend’s other premiere, Smallfoot, which couldn’t animate more than $23 million—despite the inarguable fact that Zendaya is the character Meechee.

The Warner Bros. animated musical did do well globally according to comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian who commented, “Warner Bros.’ animated family film Smallfoot took the top spot at the global box office taking in $37.020 million this weekend in a whopping 50 territories.

The film also did come in ahead of The House With A Clock In Its Walls, now in its second week and adding another $12.5 million to its coffers, and also in front of just-released slasher throwback Hell Fest ($5 million).

Crazy Rich Asians remains the biggest success story of the season, adding another $4 million in its seventh week to brings its total up to $165 million.

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates are listed 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
My Hero Academia: Two Heroes – FUNimation Films – $1.3M
Fahrenheit 11/9 – Briarcliff Entertainment – $1.1M

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates listed 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. – $7.3M
Great Battle, The – Next Entertainment World – $7.3M
Golden Job – Multiple – $7.1M

Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office results are listed in the table below.

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Source: comScore

Source: comScore

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