Hollywood box office: Universal’s ‘Night School’ is No. 1

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish's "Night School" opened with $27.3 million in North American ticket sales, making it the first straight-up comedy to debut at No. 1 at the box office since Melissa McCarthy's "The Boss" in April 2016.

In what was expected to be a much closer race, Universal's "Night School" easily bested the Warner Bros. animated release "Smallfoot," according to final box-office figures released on Monday.

"Smallfoot," which cost about $80 million to make, came in second with $23 million.

In limited release, David Lowery's heist movie "The Old Man & the Gun" — featuring what Robert Redford has said will be his final performance — opened in four theaters for a strong per-screen average of $30,000.

"Free Solo," National Geographic's documentary about rock climber Alex Honnold's ropeless ascent of Yosemite's El Capitan, grossed an impressive $300,804 in four theaters, good for the best screenaverage opening ever for a documentary.

The top five movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday were:

1. "Night School," Universal, $27,257,615

2. "Smallfoot," Warner Bros., $23,045,635

3. "The House With a Clock In Its Walls," Universal, $12,605,120

4. "A Simple Favor," Lionsgate, $6,540,666

5. "The Nun," Warner Bros., $5,428,875

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