Saturday Update: Universal reports that Night School posted an opening day of $9.5 million on Friday. That’s in line with the $9.5 million first day of Boo! A Madea Halloween two autumns ago, while registering 26 percent below the $12.9 million opening day of Get Hard back in March 2015. The Hart/Haddish comedy is performing closer to the lower end of expectations at the moment as the studio projects a weekend around $26.4 million.
Smallfoot posted $6.5 million for its first day in release, 12 and 13 percent ahead of The LEGO Ninjago Movie ($5.8 million) and Storks ($5.7 million), respectively. Initial weekend projections stand around $23 million, generally in line with pre-release tracking.
The House With A Clock In Its Walls slid 60 percent from opening day last week due to direct competition from the new WB animation opener, claiming $6.5 million yesterday. With $35.3 million earned through eight days, the film still has room to stabilize as it enters the kid-friendly Halloween corridor of October. Boxoffice projects a $12.5 million sophomore frame.
Rounding out the openers this weekend, Hell Fest pulled $2.0 million on Friday. The studio projects a $4.8 million weekend, while Boxoffice is slightly more bullish at $5.0 million. Meanwhile, Pinnacle Peak’s Little Women remake took in $350,000 from 643 locations on opening day as it eyes a weekend around $1 million+.
This weekend’s early estimates are below. Updated studio estimates to follow on Sunday.
Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic)
FRI, SEP. 28 – SUN, SEP. 30
|1||Night School (2017)||$26,000,000||—||3,010||—||$8,638||$26,000,000||69||Oscilloscope Laboratories|
|3||The House With A Clock In Its Walls||$12,500,000||-53%||3,592||0||$3,480||$44,753,225||2||Universal Pictures|
|4||A Simple Favor||$6,800,000||-34%||3,073||-29||$2,213||$43,266,808||3||Lionsgate|
|5||The Nun||$5,400,000||-46%||3,331||-376||$1,621||$108,983,048||4||Warner Bros.|
|6||Hell Fest||$5,000,000||—||2,297||—||$2,177||$5,000,000||1||Lionsgate / CBS Films|
|7||Crazy Rich Asians||$4,200,000||-34%||2,347||-455||$1,790||$165,731,775||7||Warner Bros.|
|9||White Boy Rick||$2,600,000||-46%||2,017||-487||$1,289||$21,929,781||3||Sony / Studio 8|
|11||The Meg||$1,000,000||-56%||1,243||-760||$805||$141,948,105||8||Warner Bros.|
|1||Little Women (2018)||$1,100,000||—||643||—||$1,711||$1,100,000||1||Pinnacle Peak|
|2||Mission: Impossible – Fallout||$610,000||-48%||538||-333||$1,134||$219,178,933||10||Paramount|
|3||Unbroken: Path to Redemption||$475,000||-63%||741||-743||$641||$5,583,119||3||Pure Flix|
|5||Disney’s Christopher Robin||$400,000||-63%||670||-582||$597||$97,601,497||9||Disney|
|7||Ant-Man and the Wasp||$260,000||-4%||258||-2||$1,008||$216,150,872||13||Disney|
|8||God Bless the Broken Road||$38,000||-57%||111||-113||$342||$2,785,714||4||Freestyle Releasing|
|1||The Old Man & The Gun||$150,000||—||5||—||$30,000||$150,000||1||Fox Searchlight|
|2||Ya Veremos||$55,000||-59%||58||-56||$948||$4,117,563||5||Lionsgate / Pantelion Films|
|3||The Riot Act||$5,500||-48%||5||-5||$1,100||$5,500||3||Hannover House|
Friday Update: Universal’s Night School reported in with a $1.35 million start last night, a very encouraging start to the weekend for the Kevin Hart/Tiffany Haddish-led comedy. Shows began at 7pm in an estimated 2,500 locations. Last night’s earnings compare like this:
- 78 percent ahead of Boo 2! A Madea Halloween ($760K)
- 21 percent behind Girls Trip ($1.7 million)
- 25 percent behind Get Hard ($1.8 million)
Also displaying a healthy start, Warner Bros.’ Smallfoot took in $850K from 3,100+ locations yesterday. Shows began at 4pm, getting a leg up on weekend business that will skew Friday/weekend projections for now, but the animated pic came in 93 percent ahead of Storks‘ $440K Thursday start two Septembers ago.
Meanwhile, Hell Fest scored an estimated $435K last night, coming in 29 percent behind Winchester ($615K) and 40 percent ahead of The Belko Experiment ($310K).
More updates to follow throughout the weekend.