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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


WIDE (1000+)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Night School (2017)
$26,000,000

3,010

$8,638
$26,000,000
69
Oscilloscope Laboratories


2
Smallfoot
$23,000,000

4,131

$5,568
$23,000,000
1
Warner Bros.


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.


8
The Predator
$3,600,000
-61%
2,926
-1144
$1,230
$47,534,251
3
Fox


9
White Boy Rick
$2,600,000
-46%
2,017
-487
$1,289
$21,929,781
3
Sony / Studio 8


10
Peppermint
$1,800,000
-51%
2,002
-678
$899
$33,556,908
4
STX Entertainment


11
The Meg
$1,000,000
-56%
1,243
-760
$805
$141,948,105
8
Warner Bros.


12
Searching
$940,000
-56%
1,014
-773
$927
$24,823,582
6
Sony Pictures





LIMITED (100 — 999)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




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


4
BlacKkKlansman
$440,000
-32%
436
-18
$1,009
$47,824,180
8
Focus Features


5
Disney’s Christopher Robin
$400,000
-63%
670
-582
$597
$97,601,497
9
Disney


6
Incredibles 2
$300,000
-44%
338
-162
$888
$606,791,582
16
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





PLATFORM (1 — 99)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




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



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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.


The post Weekend Estimates: ‘Night School’ In Session at $26M+; ‘Smallfoot’ Captures $23M+; ‘House With A Clock’ Adds $12M+; ‘Hell Fest’ Scares Up $4.8M+ appeared first on BoxOffice Pro.




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