Weekend box office: Night School and Smallfoot battle for the top spot

With both films hovering around the $25 million mark, I don’t think anyone is happy with the performance of the Kevin Hart comedy NIGHT SCHOOL or the animated SMALLFOOT.  But such is life when you release on the last weekend of September.  I can’t help but think that both films would have done better with more strategic release dates.  As of right now, it looks like NIGHT SCHOOL is going to take the top spot at the weekend box office, but Sunday estimates are notoriously conservative for animated features, so it’s possible and even likely that SMALLFOOT will come out on top when it’s all said and done.  If both films squeeze in home video releases before the holidays, I’m sure both will do very well on home video.

Next week sees the release of Tom Hardy’s VENOM, which many fanboys are surprised even got made, but it remains to be seen if anyone shows up in theaters for it.  It will be competing against the first true Oscar contender of the year in A STAR IS BORN.  It’s going to be a tight race since A STAR IS BORN is getting such great buzz and we’ve gone a while without a quality drama in theaters, but it’s hard to bet against comic book movies and although Venom is a strange character to get its own film, I think it will end up taking the top spot next week.  But A STAR IS BORN needs a decent opening to keep its Oscar hopes alive.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Night School $26.3m

2. Smallfoot $23.6m

3. The House With a Clock In Its Walls $12.1m

4. A Simple Favor $6.7m

5. The Nun $5.4m

6. Hell Fest $4.8m

7. Crazy Rich Asians $4.1m

8. The Predator $3.5m

9. White Boy Rick $2.4m

10. Peppermint $1.8m

(Deadline)

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