“Night School” is kicking off its box office run with top marks.
The Universal film starring Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart is on its way to an estimated $26 million from 3,010 North American sites to land at No. 1, though the debut of Warner Bros.’ animated “Smallfoot” is close behind with $23 million from 4,131 domestic locations.
“Night School” stars Hart as a man who must get his GED after facing job stagnation, with Haddish as his unconventional teacher. Rob Riggle, Taran Killam, Romany Malco, Keith David, and Loretta Devine also star in the comedy, which was directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film is sitting at a 30% Rotten Tomatoes score and 60% audience score, and received a A- CinemaScore. Writing credits include Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matt Kellard, Nicholas Stoller, and John Hamburg. “Night School” earned about $9 million on Friday.
Meanwhile, “Smallfoot,” which features a star-studded voice cast including Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Corden, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi, Danny DeVito, Jimmy Tatro, and Common, yielded about $6 million on Friday. Karey Kirkpatrick directed the film about a yeti who comes to believe the legendary “smallfoot” creatures are real after coming across one from a script he co-wrote with Clare Sera. The film has an A- CinemaScore and 69% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
“The House With a Clock in Its Walls” is likely to slot into third place in its second frame, adding $12 million to its current $44 million total. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in the fantasy film, which was adapted from the children’s book of the same name.
Battling for fourth place is Lionsgate’s “A Simple Favor” with an estimated $6 million and Warner Bros.’ “The Nun,” forecasted to bring in $5 million. Starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, Paul Feig’s neo-noir has totaled $48 million since debuting to $16 million two weeks ago. Corin Hardy’s horror blockbuster has amassed $310 million worldwide, including $205 million internationally, in 22 days.
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SOURCE: Variety, Erin Nyren