Weekend Actuals: ‘Night School’ Opens to Solid $27.7M; ‘Smallfoot’ Leaves $23.0M Impression in 2nd

'Hell Fest' grosses $5,1M

Monday Update:

Universal’s Night School posted the best opening of any live action comedy so far year with $27.7M. (That is, not counting animated films or action comedies like Deadpool.)

Warner Bros.’ animated Smallfoot started in second place with $23.0M, about in line with pre-release projections.

Last weekend’s leader, Universal’s family film The House with a Clock in its Wallstook third with a -52.6% drop to $12.6M.

Lionsgate’s new horror release Hell Fest opened in sixth place with $5.1M.

Neon’s action movie Assassination Nation experienced one of the 10 steepest second-weekend drops of all time, crashing by -80.7%.

National Geographic Entertainment’s documentary Free Solo set the best per-theater average of the year so far, with $300,784 on four screens, or $75,201 per theater. That beats this year’s previous record, A24’s Eighth Grade which opened with a $65,949 average in July.

Comparisons

Total box office this weekend was $105.8M.

That’s +14.9% above last weekend and +16.5% above this same weekend last year, when Kingsman: The Golden Circle led for a second frame with $16.9M.

Year-to-date box office stands at $8.89B. That’s +8.7% ahead of this same date last year, down slightly from +8.8% after last weekend.

Demographics

The audience for Night School was 53.7% male and 37.4% below age 25.

The audience for Smallfoot was 55.8% male and 54.1% below age 25.

The most male audience in this weekend’s top 10 was The Predator at 67.4%, while the most female audience was Crazy Rich Asians at 59.5%.

The most under-25 audience in this weekend’s top 10 was Smallfoot at 54.1%, while the most over-25 audience was Peppermint at 84.1%.

A full demographic breakdown of the top 30 movies this weekend, courtesy of BoxofficeProfile by Vertigo, is included below:

Our full table of weekend actuals is below, followed by our Sunday update with fuller analysis.


Monday’s Weekend Actuals (Domestic)

FRI, SEP. 28 – SUN, SEP. 30

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Night School $27,257,615 3,010 $9,056 $27,257,615 1 Universal
2 Smallfoot $23,045,635 4,131 $5,579 $23,045,635 1 Warner Bros.
3 The House With A Clock In Its Walls $12,605,120 -53% 3,592 0 $3,509 $44,858,345 2 Universal Pictures
4 A Simple Favor $6,540,666 -36% 3,073 -29 $2,128 $43,007,474 3 Lionsgate
5 The Nun $5,428,875 -46% 3,331 -376 $1,630 $109,011,923 4 Warner Bros.
6 Hell Fest $5,130,963 2,297 $2,234 $5,130,963 1 Lionsgate / CBS Films
7 Crazy Rich Asians $4,102,788 -35% 2,347 -455 $1,748 $165,634,563 7 Warner Bros.
8 The Predator $3,860,826 -58% 2,926 -1144 $1,319 $47,795,077 3 Fox
9 White Boy Rick $2,402,240 -51% 2,017 -487 $1,191 $21,732,021 3 Sony / Studio 8
10 Peppermint $1,766,458 -52% 2,002 -678 $882 $33,523,366 4 STX Entertainment
11 Fahrenheit 11/9 $1,111,134 -63% 1,719 0 $646 $5,180,428 2 Briarcliff Entertainment
12 The Meg $1,032,182 -54% 1,243 -760 $830 $141,980,287 8 Warner Bros.
13 Searching $955,577 -56% 1,014 -773 $942 $24,839,159 6 Sony Pictures
14 Life Itself $658,799 -69% 2,355 -254 $280 $3,641,320 2 Amazon Studios
15 Assassination Nation $206,277 -80% 1,035 -368 $199 $1,732,025 2 Neon

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 My Hero Academia: Two Heroes $1,355,972 508 $2,669 $3,934,746 1 FUNimation Entertainment
2 The Wife $714,351 -20% 437 -32 $1,635 $6,041,025 7 Sony Pictures Classics
3 Little Women (2018) $705,063 643 $1,097 $705,063 1 Pinnacle Peak
4 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $621,619 -47% 538 -333 $1,155 $219,190,552 10 Paramount
5 Sui Dhaaga – Made In India $582,006 193 $3,016 $582,006 1 Yash Raj Films
6 Unbroken: Path to Redemption $487,470 -62% 741 -743 $658 $5,595,589 3 Pure Flix
7 BlacKkKlansman $447,340 -31% 436 -18 $1,026 $47,831,520 8 Focus Features
8 Disney’s Christopher Robin $340,471 -68% 670 -582 $508 $97,541,968 9 Disney
9 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation $278,782 -52% 414 -104 $673 $166,443,403 14 Sony / Columbia
10 Incredibles 2 $272,035 -49% 338 -162 $805 $606,763,617 16 Disney
11 Ant-Man and the Wasp $263,821 -2% 258 -2 $1,023 $216,154,693 13 Disney
12 Alpha $154,483 -59% 248 -296 $623 $35,493,229 7 Sony / Columbia
13 Love, Gilda $135,397 -29% 108 26 $1,254 $416,104 2 Magnolia Pictures
14 Bad Reputation $130,675 196 $667 $130,675 1 Magnolia Pictures
15 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again $128,725 -62% 178 -114 $723 $120,475,615 11 Universal Pictures
16 Operation Finale $126,012 -63% 212 -313 $594 $17,450,744 5 MGM
17 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $114,505 -41% 162 -67 $707 $416,736,650 15 Universal
18 Lizzie $87,557 -66% 206 -34 $425 $543,781 3 Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
19 Teen Titans GO! to the Movies $63,220 -34% 126 -24 $502 $29,523,335 10 Warner Bros.
20 God Bless the Broken Road $36,424 -58% 111 -113 $328 $2,784,138 4 Freestyle Releasing
21 Puzzle $36,131 109% 101 72 $358 $1,975,636 10 Sony Pictures Classics

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Colette $386,540 140% 38 34 $10,172 $606,970 2 Bleecker Street
2 Free Solo $300,804 4 $75,201 $300,804 1 National Geographic Entertainment
3 The Sisters Brothers $233,358 102% 23 19 $10,146 $394,081 2 Annapurna Pictures
4 The Old Man & The Gun $142,131 5 $28,426 $142,131 1 Fox Searchlight
5 Golden Job $121,391 34 $3,570 $121,391 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
6 Mandy $119,921 -23% 64 -7 $1,874 $839,519 3 RLJE Films
7 Monsters and Men $118,697 18 $6,594 $118,697 1 Neon
8 The Great Battle $95,711 -23% 24 -6 $3,988 $303,375 2 Well Go USA Entertainment
9 Blaze $85,292 5% 87 44 $980 $567,251 7 IFC Films / Sundance Selects
10 The Children Act $83,706 58% 73 41 $1,147 $352,947 3 A24
11 Pick of the Litter $71,445 10% 60 12 $1,191 $363,348 5 IFC Films
12 Juliet, Naked $64,080 -45% 74 -37 $866 $3,359,873 7 Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
13 Ya Veremos $52,137 -61% 58 -56 $899 $4,114,700 5 Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
14 Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. $43,573 2 $21,787 $43,573 1 Abramorama
15 Tea With the Dames $42,453 187% 19 18 $2,234 $65,583 2 IFC Films
16 Kusama – Infinity $41,934 4% 18 3 $2,330 $229,657 4 Magnolia Pictures
17 The Negotiation $38,504 170% 13 11 $2,962 $62,268 2 CJ Entertainment
18 A.X.L. $36,035 139% 85 55 $424 $6,454,702 6 Global Road Entertainment
19 Memoir of War $33,855 1449% 6 3 $5,643 $89,981 7 Music Box Films
20 Mile 22 $32,521 -53% 77 -82 $422 $36,096,517 7 STX Entertainment
21 Slender Man $30,482 -70% 68 -93 $448 $30,437,775 8 Sony / Screen Gems
22 All About Nina $26,468 4 $6,617 $26,468 1 The Orchard
23 Sorry To Bother You $22,473 -21% 30 12 $749 $17,449,042 13 Annapurna Pictures
24 Pope Francis – A Man of His Word $22,000 6 $3,667 $2,008,385 20 Focus Features
25 Museo $21,481 -1% 12 5 $1,790 $81,174 3 Vitagraph Films
26 Eighth Grade $16,644 -56% 41 0 $406 $13,528,271 12 A24
27 Bel Canto $11,677 -54% 18 -12 $649 $67,261 3 Cartilage Films
28 Leave No Trace $9,406 -38% 34 -19 $277 $6,041,030 14 Bleeker Street
29 We The Animals $9,010 -41% 30 0 $300 $387,636 7 The Orchard
30 Black ’47 $8,600 1 $8,600 $8,600 1 IFC Films
31 1945 $7,879 11% 11 5 $716 $919,617 48 Menemsha Films
32 The Dawn Wall $6,440 -59% 4 1 $1,610 $782,934 3 The Orchard
33 Hal $5,850 544% 10 8 $585 $32,718 4 Oscilloscope Laboratories
34 Let the Corpses Tan $4,348 37% 13 4 $334 $78,602 5 Kino Lorber
35 The Darkest Minds $3,639 -78% 19 -22 $192 $12,691,716 9 20th Century Fox
36 The Cakemaker $3,568 -54% 7 -2 $510 $843,887 14 Strand Releasing
37 The Apparition $3,398 6311% 2 1 $1,699 $22,537 4 Music Box Films
38 Skate Kitchen $3,363 336% 8 2 $420 $236,055 8 Magnolia
39 Beautifully Broken $3,103 -48% 3 -1 $1,034 $1,196,318 6 ArtAffects Entertainment
40 The Miseducation of Cameron Post $2,975 -50% 4 -2 $744 $904,703 9 FilmRise
41 I Am Not a Witch $2,895 -2% 8 2 $362 $33,366 4 Film Movement
42 What Will People Say $2,702 5649% 2 0 $1,351 $39,895 12 Kino Lorber
43 Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco $2,625 -63% 3 0 $875 $24,730 3 Film Movement
44 Yellow Submarine (2018 re-release) $2,575 -58% 2 -1 $1,288 $992,305 13 Abramorama
45 Deadpool 2 $2,438 -11% 5 -2 $488 $318,488,214 20 Fox
46 McQueen $2,249 -52% 9 -3 $250 $1,255,331 11 Bleecker Street
47 Hale County This Morning, This Evening $1,934 -47% 2 -1 $967 $22,903 3 Cinema Guild
48 The Rider $1,849 -18% 1 -1 $1,849 $2,395,020 25 Sony Pictures Classics
49 Support The Girls $1,775 215% 3 0 $592 $125,923 6 Magnolia Pictures
50 RBG $1,399 -73% 12 5 $117 $14,010,164 22 Magnolia Pictures
51 Death of a Nation $1,305 -24% 7 -2 $186 $5,881,748 9 Quality Flix / Pure Flix
52 Return of the Hero $1,283 3190% 1 0 $1,283 $6,705 5 Distrib Films US
53 Andrei Rublev $941 -66% 1 0 $941 $87,354 6 Janus
54 Madeline’s Madeline $935 -80% 6 -5 $156 $183,042 8 Oscilloscope Laboratories
55 Painless $894 -70% 1 -1 $894 $5,140 2 Indican Pictures
56 The Captain $769 1 $769 $107,149 10 Music Box Films
57 En el Séptimo Día $749 -56% 2 1 $375 $78,270 17 Cinema Guild
58 No Date, No Signature $664 6540% 1 0 $664 $27,659 9 Distrib Films US
59 Milford Graves Full Mantis $500 -73% 1 0 $500 $25,500 12 Cinema Guild
60 Nico, 1988 $444 -70% 4 -2 $111 $72,604 9 Magnolia Pictures
61 Cynthia $422 -47% 1 0 $422 $57,575 5 Indican Pictures
62 The Atomic Cafe $309 -63% 1 0 $309 $20,601 9 Kino Lorber
63 The Third Murder $300 -39% 1 -1 $300 $83,761 11 Film Movement
64 Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda $166 -88% 1 0 $166 $117,173 13 Cartilage Films
65 Custody $92 31% 1 0 $92 $81,922 14 Kino Lorber
66 La Familia $78 -3% 1 0 $78 $3,622 9 Film Movement

Sunday Update:

The one-two punch of Night School and Smallfoot this weekend helped September 2018 close out to a near-record high  (second only to last year), with the new releases bringing in an estimated $28 million and $23 million, respectively. Further down the chart, the amusement park-themed slasher movie Hell Fest enjoyed a decent opening while the latest cinematic adaptation of Little Women debuted outside the Top 10.

Night School easily won the crown at the North American box office this weekend thanks to its pairing of two of comedy’s biggest stars, Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart. The duo’s combined A-list wattage was enough to overcome negative reviews (it has a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 30%), allowing it to fall roughly in line with the opening of Hart’s Think Like a Man Too, which debuted to $29.2 million back in 2014. The Universal release is yet another box office feather in the cap for Hart, one of the most consistent performers in Hollywood whose live-action starring vehicles consistently debut north of $20 million, and even more of which (Central Intelligence, Get Hard, Ride Along 1 and 2, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) manage $30 million or more in their opening weekends.

For Haddish, who has a much less extensive filmography than Hart up to this point, the film came in lower than her starmaking 2017 release Girls Trip ($31.2 million), though that film also fared much better with critics. Still, Night School boasts a healthy “A-” Cinemascore from opening day audiences, and with a reported production budget of $29 million, this is another clear success for both stars as well as super-producer Will Packer, whose filmography includes Girls Trip, both Ride Along films, and this year’s hit Gabrielle Union thriller Breaking In. It’s also worth noting that Night School now boasts the highest opening weekend of any comedy in 2018, which has been a rough year for the genre overall.

Coming in second was the animated comedy Smallfoot, whose $23 million opening compares favorably with 2016’s Storks ($21.3 million) and last year’s The LEGO Ninjago Movie ($20.4 million), both of which also came also from Warner Bros. Animation. Produced on a reported budget of $80 million, the film garnered mixed reviews (its Rotten Tomatoes score is on the lower end of “Fresh” at 69%), though audiences expectedly liked it much better (its Cinemascore is an “A-” from the generally more forgiving family audience).

The real test for Smallfoot will come in subsequent weeks, though the release calendar looks somewhat favorable, with a fall season relatively light on family entertainment aside from Goosebumps 2 (October 12) and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (November 2). As for animated movies, there’s nothing on the horizon until Universal’s The Grinch, which drops November 9. If it performs similarly to Storks, whose weekend-to-final multiplier of 3.4x gave it a final gross of $72.6 million, it would finish somewhere in the neighborhood of $70-$80 million by the end of its run.

Dipping to third place in its sophomore frame was last weekend’s No. 1 film The House With a Clock in Its Walls, which appears to have taken a hit from the release of Smallfoot. Dropping 53 percent to an estimated $12.5 million this weekend, the Universal release now stands at a good $44.7 million after ten days, putting it slightly ahead of Jack Black’s Goosebumps at the same point. That said, the film will have to hold up much better in the coming weeks if it’s to keep pace with that title.

Fourth went to Warner Bros.’ sleeper hit A Simple Favor, which enjoyed another good hold, easing just 35 percent in its third weekend of release with an estimated $6.6 million. The Anna Kendrick-Blake Lively mystery now has a solid $43 million in the bank, and it looks primed to continue its strong performance as we move into October.

In fifth, The Nun brought in an estimated $5.4 million in its fourth weekend, giving the Warner Bros. horror spinoff an excellent $109 million so far. It’s currently the second highest-grossing entry in the Conjuring franchise in North America, second only to the first Conjuring which ended its run with $137.4 million in 2013.

One of the weekend’s other new wide releases, the Lionsgate horror flick Hell Fest, debuted in sixth place with an estimated $5 million in 2,297 locations. That’s a good result for the low-budget film, which comes with a reported price tag of $5.5 million. The opening is higher than July’s similar Unfriended: Dark Web (though that film played on over 700 fewer screens) but weaker than the opening of last month’s Slender Man, which debuted to $11.3 million in about the same number of locations. All in all, it’s a good-enough result for the R-rated effort.

Seventh place went to the ultra-leggy rom com Crazy Rich Asians, which added an estimated $4.1 million in its seventh weekend of release. The Warner Bros. title now stands at a remarkable $165.6 million since opening in early August.

Rounding out the Top 10, The Predator dropped to eighth place in its third weekend with $3.7 million, giving the Fox reboot a disappointing $47.6 million so far. Ninth went to White Boy Rick with an estimated $2.3 million, giving it $21.7 million after three weeks of release, while in tenth Peppermint grossed an estimated $1.7 million in its fourth weekend. The Jennifer Garner revenge thriller now has $33.5 million in the bank.

Finally, Pinnacle Peak’s Little Women – a modern-day retelling of the famed Louisa May Alcott novel – couldn’t manage a Top 10 placement in its opening weekend, bringing in an estimated $747K on 643 screens.

Limited Release:

Acclaimed Robert Redford crime comedy The Old Man and the Gun debuted well in limited release, bringing in an estimated $150,000 on just five screens. That was good for a per-screen average of $30,000 as it eyes an expansion in the coming weeks.

Last weekend’s successful limited openers Colette and The Sisters Brothers expanded to 38 and 27 theaters respectively, bringing in an estimated $418K and $244K. Colette now has a total of $638K while The Sisters Brothers has $404K.

Overseas Update:

Night School managed a hefty debut internationally as well, bringing in an estimated $33.5 million in 19 markets. That brings its worldwide opening weekend total to a fantastic $61.5 million.

Smallfoot brought in an estimated $14 million in 49 international markets, giving it a global opening haul of $37 million.

The Nun surpassed The Conjuring 2‘s global gross this weekend to become the highest-grossing release in the Conjuring franchise worldwide, adding another $16.2 million overseas. Its international total now stands at a fantastic $33o million.

Disney’s Incredibles 2 passed the $1.2 billion mark worldwide in its sixteenth weekend of release, making it only the second animated film to do so after 2013’s Frozen. It’s now the seventeenth highest-grossing film of all time globally.


Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

FRI, SEP. 28 – SUN, SEP. 30

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Night School $28,000,000 3,010 $9,302 $28,000,000 1 Universal
2 Smallfoot $23,020,000 4,131 $5,573 $23,020,000 1 Warner Bros.
3 The House With A Clock In Its Walls $12,510,000 -53% 3,592 0 $3,483 $44,763,225 2 Universal Pictures
4 A Simple Favor $6,600,000 -36% 3,073 -29 $2,148 $43,066,808 3 Lionsgate
5 The Nun $5,435,000 -45% 3,331 -376 $1,632 $109,018,048 4 Warner Bros.
6 Hell Fest $5,075,000 2,297 $2,209 $5,075,000 1 Lionsgate / CBS Films
7 Crazy Rich Asians $4,150,000 -35% 2,347 -455 $1,768 $165,681,775 7 Warner Bros.
8 The Predator $3,700,000 -60% 2,926 -1144 $1,265 $47,634,251 3 Fox
9 White Boy Rick $2,385,000 -51% 2,017 -487 $1,182 $21,714,781 3 Sony / Studio 8
10 Peppermint $1,770,000 -52% 2,002 -678 $884 $33,526,908 4 STX Entertainment
11 Fahrenheit 11/9 $1,120,872 -63% 1,719 0 $652 $5,190,165 2 Briarcliff Entertainment
12 The Meg $1,025,000 -55% 1,243 -760 $825 $141,973,105 8 Warner Bros.
13 Searching $960,000 -55% 1,014 -773 $947 $24,843,582 6 Sony Pictures
14 Life Itself $770,085 -64% 2,355 -254 $327 $3,752,606 2 Amazon Studios
15 Assassination Nation $202,817 -81% 1,035 -368 $196 $1,728,565 2 Neon

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Wife $777,386 -13% 437 -32 $1,779 $6,104,060 7 Sony Pictures Classics
2 Little Women (2018) $747,000 643 $1,162 $747,000 1 Pinnacle Peak
3 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $610,000 -48% 538 -333 $1,134 $219,178,933 10 Paramount
4 Unbroken: Path to Redemption $507,000 -61% 741 -743 $684 $5,615,119 3 Pure Flix
5 BlacKkKlansman $450,000 -31% 436 -18 $1,032 $47,834,180 8 Focus Features
6 Disney’s Christopher Robin $370,000 -65% 670 -582 $552 $97,571,497 9 Disney
7 Incredibles 2 $281,000 -47% 338 -162 $831 $606,772,582 16 Disney
8 Ant-Man and the Wasp $259,000 -4% 258 -2 $1,004 $216,149,872 13 Disney
9 Operation Finale $130,785 -62% 212 -313 $617 $17,455,517 5 MGM
10 Lizzie $89,900 -65% 206 -34 $436 $546,124 3 Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
11 Puzzle $36,785 113% 101 72 $364 $1,976,290 10 Sony Pictures Classics
12 God Bless the Broken Road $35,399 -60% 111 -113 $319 $2,783,113 4 Freestyle Releasing

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Colette $418,501 160% 38 34 $11,013 $638,931 2 Bleecker Street
2 The Sisters Brothers $244,091 111% 27 23 $9,040 $404,814 2 Annapurna Pictures
3 The Old Man & The Gun $150,000 5 $30,000 $150,000 1 Fox Searchlight
4 Monsters and Men $130,979 18 $7,277 $130,979 1 Neon
5 Blaze $96,748 19% 89 46 $1,087 $578,707 7 IFC Films / Sundance Selects
6 Pick of the Litter $74,628 15% 63 15 $1,185 $366,531 5 IFC Films
7 Juliet, Naked $64,775 -45% 71 -40 $912 $3,360,568 7 Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
8 Science Fair $62,160 27 $2,302 $110,844 3 National Geographic Documentary Films
9 Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. $51,373 2 $25,687 $51,373 1 Abramorama
10 Ya Veremos $51,000 -62% 58 -56 $879 $4,113,563 5 Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
11 Tea With the Dames $45,872 210% 19 18 $2,414 $69,002 2 IFC Films
12 A.X.L. $36,856 144% 85 55 $434 $6,455,523 6 Global Road Entertainment
13 All About Nina $30,164 4 $7,541 $30,164 1 The Orchard
14 Mile 22 $30,000 -56% 77 -82 $390 $36,093,996 7 STX Entertainment
15 Bisbee ’17 $10,457 10 $1,046 $74,907 4 4th Row Films
16 Leave No Trace $9,502 -37% 34 -19 $279 $6,041,126 14 Bleeker Street
17 We The Animals $9,335 -39% 26 -4 $359 $387,961 7 The Orchard
18 Black ’47 $9,006 1 $9,006 $9,006 1 IFC Films
19 306 Hollywood $8,150 1 $8,150 $8,150 1 mTuckman Media
20 The Dawn Wall $5,932 -62% 4 1 $1,483 $782,426 3 The Orchard
Chris Eggertsen

2 Comments

  1. Avatar
    RussVB September 30, 2018

    I think you’ve misread the worldwide data for Night School.
    International is 5.5 for a global total of 33.5 (not 28 dom + 33.5 int )

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    • Avatar
      Mujan October 01, 2018

      was about to write it..got confused for a moment:( TTVOMJ

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