|1.||“The House With a Clock in Its Walls”||Universal||$26,850,000|
|2.||“A Simple Favor”||Lionsgate||$10,400,000|
|5.||“Crazy Rich Asians”||Warner Bros.||$6,515,000|
|6.||“White Boy Rick”||Studio 8||$5,000,000|
|9.||“The Meg”||Warner Bros||$2,350,000|
Universal’s new family-friendly fantasy movie, “The House With a Clock In Its Walls” won the weekend box office in its debut. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett led the film to more than $25M in US ticket sales, with an additional $3M internationally. It is the highest opening for a film from Eli Roth, the director of such horror flicks as “Hostel” and “Cabin Fever.”
Paul Feig’s thriller, “A Simple Favor,” came in second place, adding $10.4M to its two-week total. The film actually bumped up from last week’s third place opening. The film, which harkens back to classic cinema, has earned more than $40M worldwide so far.
The horror movie, “The Nun,” swapped places, moving down to third this week with $10.2M. It has earned nearly $300M worldwide, putting it right in line with the rest of “The Conjuring” franchise.
“The Predator” dropped from first to fourth with $8.7M. The latest sequel in the franchise has struggled to find an audience, grossing only $40M in the US and about $95M worldwide in its first ten days. It did earn back its $88M budget, but hasn’t connected the way the studio hoped it might.
“Crazy Rich Asians” is still performing well. It held onto the fifth spot and this week crossed $200M worldwide. This rom com has some staying power, and will likely hang around a few more weeks.
“White Boy Rick” and “Peppermint” both moved down just a bit. “White Boy Rick” slips into sixth place with a current total gross of $17.4M. “Peppermint” is at $36M worldwide, with $30M of that in domestic box.
“Fahrenheit 11/9” also opened this week in eighth place. Michael Moore’s latest documentary about Trump’s America took in just $3.1M. For a documentary, it’s not bad. But it’s far from Moore’s record-setting “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Next week’s new releases include “Night School,” “Hell Fest,” and “Smallfoot.”