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    Sequels Dominate as Denzel's 'Equalizer 2' Edges Out 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel at Top of Box Office



    A different kind of record was set this weekend in that it was the first weekend ever where eight of the top ten films at the weekend box office were sequels. Of those eight, two of the weekend's new follow-up films are locked in a tight race at the top with Sony's The Equalizer 2 pulling off a surprise upset, edging out Universal's Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which looked as if it might top $40 million at one point over the weekend, but settled down well below that mark. Overall, the weekend showed a slight improvement over last weekend while falling ~7% behind the same weekend last year.

    At the top of the box office, Sony's release of The Equalizer 2, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua, delivered an estimated $35.8 million, topping the $34.1 million opening for the first film. The film's second place performance comes as a result of holding on just a bit better than the Mamma Mia! sequel on Saturday, though once weekend actuals are in it could turn into a slightly tighter race than the $1.44 million that currently separate the two. That said, we aren't expecting the top two positions to change.

    Equalizer 2 received an "A" CinemaScore (better than the "A-" for the original) and played to an audience that was 58% male, a bit higher than the 52/48 split for the original. Looking ahead, the film will likely suffer a bit of a steep drop next weekend as Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, taking a lot of Equalizer's audience. Overall, it seems likely the sequel will fall short of the first film's $101.5 million haul.

    Internationally, Equalizer 2 debuted in 11 markets and brought in an estimated $3.3 million, which Sony reports is 30% higher than the original for the same group of markets at current exchange rates. Leading the way was Australia with an estimated $2.2 million, which is 31% ahead of The Equalizer. Over the coming weeks, the film will debut in Spain on August 10 followed by openings in France (Aug 15), Brazil (Aug 16), Germany (Aug 16), Mexico (Aug 17), UK (Aug 17), Russia (Sep 6), Italy (Sep 13), South Korea (Sep 13) and Japan (Oct 5).

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    Universal's Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again brought in an estimated $34.38 million for a second place finish. While this is a bit below earlier weekend estimates, this is still a very strong debut for the sequel, outperforming the first film by nearly $7 million. In 2008, Mamma Mia! finished its run with $144.1 million and while it wouldn't be fair to expect the sequel to deliver a similar 5x+ multiplier, this is still the fourth largest opening ever for a musical and ranks similarly to 2007's Enchanted, which finished its domestic run with $127.8 million. Here We Go Again's "A-" CinemaScore is promising as is the fact the film plays to a targeted female demographic (83% of the opening weekend audience was female) with little direct competition throughout the rest of the summer season.

    Internationally, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again opened in 41 markets and outperformed the original in 34 of those markets. Top markets include a $13.1 million opening in the U.K. and Ireland along with Australia ($5m), Germany ($4.5m) Sweden ($2.6m), Norway ($2m) and Spain ($2m). Overall, the film opened with $42.4 million internationally for a $76.78 million global debut. Next week, the film opens in France, Switzerland, Croatia and Poland.

    GET MORE: Compare the Mamma Mia! films here!

    Sony's Hotel Transylvania 3 dipped 47% in its second weekend, delivering an estimated $23.3 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $91 million. The film also added $37.7 million internationally, pushing its overseas cume to $115.6 million for a global tally totaling $206.7 million. While the sequel is pacing similarly to the last film domestically it is ~36% ahead of Hotel Transylvania 2 at the same point in the release internationally, and is still looking forward to a July 25 release in France along with releases in the UK (July 27), South Korea (Aug 8) and Italy (Aug 22).

    Disney and Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp dropped 45% in its third weekend in release as its domestic cume now stands just shy of $165 million. It also pulled in an estimated $21.6 million internationally for an overseas cume that is now just shy of $189 million and a global cume reaching $353.5 million. So far the film is open in just 56% of the international marketplace with openings in Germany, Austria and Hungary next weekend and openings in the UK (8/2), Italy (8/14) and Japan (8/31) next month.

    Rounding out the top five is Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 with an estimated $11.5 million and a domestic cume that now totals $557.3 million. This marks the second time ever that the top five films were all sequels. The first time was just two weeks ago. The sequel also added $36.5 million internationally for a global cume that now totals $940.4 million. Incredibles 2 opened in South Korea this weekend with the largest Disney Animation and Pixar opening of all-time at $10.4 million and the second largest Disney Animation and Pixar opening ever in Hong Kong at $3.3 million. The film is now open in roughly 75% of the international marketplace with its next key market debut set for August 1 in Japan.

    In ninth place is where we find BH Tilt's Unfriended: Dark Web, which fell a bit below Mojo's weekend forecast, delivering an estimated $3.49 million for the weekend from 1,546 theaters. Like the first film, the film carries a reported $1 million budget, but the first film had a much different journey at the box office, debuting in 2,739 locations with $15.8 million, finishing its domestic run with $32.4 million. Dark Web's opening is just behind the $3.5 million debut for Tilt's The Green Inferno, which went on to finish with just over $7 million, which is right around where we'd expect this one to finish.

    In limited release, Lionsgate and Summit's Blindspotting debuted in just 14 theaters this weekend with an estimated $332,500 ($23,750 PTA). The film will expand nationwide next weekend.

    Further down the list was yet another strong debut for a 2018 documentary in Bleecker's McQueen, which opened in four theaters with an estimated $96,928 and a chart-topping $24,232 per theater average. Following that, Magnolia's release of Amazon Studios's Generation Wealth opened in four theaters with an estimated $33,602 ($8,401 PTA); Blue Fox's Running for Grace debuted in three theaters with an estimated $27,042 ($9,014 PTA); and IFC's Far from the Tree opened in one theater with an estimated $20,034.

    Overall, 2018 is still pacing 8.4% ahead of last year and 8.1% ahead of 2016's record performance, reaching $7 billion in domestic ticket sales faster than ever before.

    Next weekend sees the release of Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which has already received excellent reviews and hopes to top Mission: Impossible II's franchise high, $57.8 million opening weekend in over 4,000 theaters. Additionally, Warner Bros. will release the animated feature Teen Titans Go! To the Movies in 3,000+ locations.

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    Was Equalizer beating Mamma Mia really an upset? Always thought Mamma Mia was bigger over here anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Postman Dave View Post
    Was Equalizer beating Mamma Mia really an upset? Always thought Mamma Mia was bigger over here anyway.

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    Total Lifetime Grosses
    Domestic: $144,130,063 23.6%
    + Foreign: $465,711,574 76.4%
    = Worldwide: $609,841,637
    Those were the totals for the first one.

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    So yeah, much bigger abroad I know it outdid The Dark Knight all those years ago over here and the this sequel has had a ton of marketing around it.

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    'Crazy Rich Asians' Tops Labor Day Weekend, 'Fallout' is Big in China & 'Incredibles 2' Tops $600 Million



    It was a big weekend for milestones as Crazy Rich Asians continued its stellar run, finishing atop the weekend box office for the third weekend in a row and topping $110 million domestically. Meanwhile, Sony's Searching delivered a strong performance in expanded release while Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Fallout made a big splash in China and Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 became only the ninth film ever to top $600 million at the domestic box office.

    At the top of the domestic weekend box office, WB's Crazy Rich Asians delivered a three-day gross totaling an estimated $22.2 million, which marks just a 10% drop compared to last weekend as the film's domestic gross now totals over $110 million. The film is expected to generate around $28 million for the four-day holiday for a domestic gross topping $116 million.

    The film's overseas cume is now just shy of $20 million after bringing in an estimated $10.4 million from 24 markets, including a $5.4 million opening in Australia this weekend making for the largest opening for a rom-com in the market ever. Australia already serves as the film's largest international market followed by Singapore ($3.4m), Philippines ($2.8m), Malaysia ($1.4m) and Taiwan ($1.1m). The next key market to open will be the UK on September 14.

    WB also took second place for the third weekend in a row as The Meg ate up an estimated $10.5 million, pushing the film's domestic gross over $120 million. Current expectation is for a four-day weekend topping $13 million.

    Internationally, The Meg brought in another $17.7 million from 65 markets for an international cume now totaling $342 million and a worldwide gross nearing $463 million. The film's top market continues to be China where the film's cume has now topped $150 million while the last market to open will be Japan, which opens this coming Friday.

    Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Fallout dipped just 13.4% as it enters its sixth weekend in release pulling in an estimated $7 million. The film is expected to deliver $9 million for the four-day weekend, pushing its domestic gross over $206 million.

    Internationally is where the big story is when it comes to Fallout as the film added another $89.1 million overseas this weekend, thanks in large part to an estimated $77.3 million opening in China. The performance is 84% ahead of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation's Friday-Sunday debut* before it went on to bring in over $135 million in the market. At this point, Fallout has brought in nearly $443 million internationally for a global tally reaching $647 million. The film is now just $12 million behind Rogue Nation globally, which currently stands as the highest grossing worldwide release in the franchise.

    GET MORE: Compare all six films in the Mission: Impossible franchise right here!

    Finishing in fourth is MGM's Operation Finale, which delivered an estimated $6 million over the three-day weekend after it began playing in theaters on Wednesday. The film is expected to deliver a $7.7 million four-day for a six-day total right around $9.5 million. Opening weekend audience was 51% male and 65% of the audience was aged 35 or older. Overall, 69% of the audience was Caucasian.

    Rounding out the top five is Sony's Searching, which expanded into 1,207 locations (+1,198) this weekend after a strong limited debut last week. The film generated an estimated $5.7 million over the three-day and a $4,672 per theater average. The film is expected to push to $7 million for the four-day holiday weekend and a domestic cume topping $7.5 million by Monday. The film's audience was split 50/50 male-to-female and overall 61% of the film's audience was aged 25 years or older.

    Just outside the top ten is Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2, which bulked up its theater count this weekend to 2,890 locations (+1,830) and saw a +92.5% increase for a $3.16 million three-day, pushing the film's domestic gross to $601 million, becoming only the ninth film ever to top $600 million at the domestic box office.

    In fact, when it comes to milestones, on top of Crazy Rich Asians topping $100 million, Mission: Impossible - Fallout topping $200 million, Incredibles 2 topping $600 million, Sony's The Equalizer 2 topped $100 million thanks to a $1.46 million weekend.

    Meanwhile, it isn't until the 12th slot on the weekend chart that we find Lionsgate's Kin, which debuted in 2,141 theaters this weekend and brought in an estimated $3 million over the three-day and should top $3.6 million for the four-day holiday. The film played to an audience that was 56% male and of the overall audience 65% were 25 years of age or older.

    Internationally, Kin opened in 23 markets with an estimated $1.8 million, the bulk of which comes from France where it opened with $1.4 million. The film will open in Brazil and Russia next weekend followed by openings in Germany (Sep 13), Belgium (Sep 19), Netherlands (Sep 20), Mexico (Oct 26) and Spain (Nov 23).

    Leading the weekend's limited releases, Lionsgate's release of Panetlion's Ya Veremos brought in a solid $1.8 million over the three-day wekend from just 369 locations ($4,878 per theater average) and is expected to near $2.3 million for the four-day holiday. The film received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which broke down 59% female and 67% of the overall audience was 25 years of age or older.

    Also in limited release, Focus Features released The Little Stranger into 474 locations where it brought in an estimated $417,000 for a soft $880 per theater average. IFC's Pick of the Litter brought in an estimated $19,078 from two theaters; Kino Lorber had a pair of limited releases in Let the Corpses Tan, which brought in an estimated $12,138 from three theaters ($4,046 PTA); Super LTD's documentary Active Measures debuted in two theaters after its stellar run on iTunes with an estimated $8,143; and Kino Lorber's A Paris Education opened with $3,358 from one theater.

    Next weekend sees the return of the Conjuring franchise to theaters as The Nun debuts in over 3,700 theaters. Additionally, STX will release Peppermint starring Jennifer Garner into over 2,850 locations and Freestyle will debut God Bless the Broken Road into over 1,200 theaters.

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    'The Predator' is #1 With Soft $24M, While 'Meg', 'Hotel Transylvania 3' & 'M:I 6' Hit Milestones



    20th Century Fox's release of The Predator may have topped the weekend box office, but whether it was the controversy swirling around the film, dwindling franchise interest or a combination of both, the film delivered the lowest opening weekend gross for a live-action film debuting in over 4,000 theaters. Meanwhile, Lionsgate's A Simple Favor delivered solid numbers in a third place finish, Studio 8's White Boy Rick debuted with moderate results and Pure Flix's Unbroken: Path to Redemption debuted on the lower end of expectations.

    With an estimated $24 million, 20th Century Fox's The Predator took the weekend's #1 spot, but the film has little to celebrate. Debuting in 4,037 theaters, the film's opening is the worst for a live-action film opening in over 4,000 locations, unseating The Mummy, which previously held the distinction after its $31.6 million opening in 4,035 theaters last summer. The opening currently falls short of even 2010's Predators which opened with $24.76 million in just 2,669 locations. That film went on to gross just over $52 million.

    The Predator received a disappointing "C+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Weekend crowds were 62% male with 66% of the audience coming in 25 years of age or older. These are the exact same demos Alien: Covenant saw last year, and should The Predator deliver a similar 2.05x multiplier we're looking at a domestic run just shy of $50 million.

    Internationally, The Predator debuted in 72 markets with an estimated $30.7 million. Leading the way was Russia with an estimated $4.7 million followed by the UK ($3.1m), Thailand ($1.1m) and Hong Kong ($948k). Next weekend, the film opens in 11 additional markets including Argentina (Sep 20) and Mexico (Sep 21) followed by October releases in Belgium, France and Italy.

    GET MORE: Compare all six Predator films side-by-side!

    In the runner-up position, Warner Bros. release of New Line's The Nun has delivered yet another franchise record. After its franchise-best debut last weekend, the film dipped a franchise worst, 66% this weekend, delivering an estimated $18.2 million for a domestic gross that now tops $85 million, soon to become the fourth film in the franchise to top $100 million domestically.

    Internationally, The Nun added another $33.1 million, pushing its running international cume to $143.6 million, taking the global tally to $228.7 million. Mexico remains the film's top international market with $17 million and it will get a nice boost next weekend with releases in France, South Korea, Russia, Italy and Japan.

    Lionsgate's release of A Simple Favor landed in third position with an estimated $16 million. The R-rated thriller from Paul Feig stars Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick and both audiences and critics seemed to like what they saw. The film scored a 68 with critics on Metacritic and earned a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Carrying a reported $20 million budget the question now is whether it will barely top $30 million domestically or if it has a chance at reaching $40 million.

    Internationally, A Simple Favor brought in an estimated $3.5 million from 28 markets including $1.5 million in Australia, where the film has now brought in $2 million after bringing in $437k from previews last weekend. The film will debut in the UK, Russia and Finland next weekend followed by openings in France (Sep 26), Belgium (Sep 26), Brazil (Sep 27), The Netherlands (Sep 27), Mexico (Sep 28), Spain (Sep 28), Sweden (Sep 28), Norway (Oct 19) and Germany (Nov 8).

    Sony's release of Studio 8's White Boy Rick landed in fourth place with an estimated $8.8 million debut from 2,504 theaters. The drug-fueled drama brought in a so-so "B" CinemaScore from opening day audiences while the studio has yet to provide weekend audience demographics.

    Rounding out the top five is WB's Crazy Rich Asians, which is now just shy of $150 million domestically after taking in an estimate $8.7 million as it kicks off its fifth week in release. Internationally, the romantic comedy added another $7.3 million for an overseas cume now totaling $37.9 million for a global tally over $187 million. The film will debut in Mexico next weekend followed by Japan on September 28.

    Outside the top five is where we find Pure Flix's Unbroken: Path to Redemption, which fell to the lower end of industry expectations and couldn't even muster half of Mojo's pre-weekend $5 million forecast. The film debuted in 1,620 locations and brought in an estimated $2.35 million for a disappointing $1,451 per theater average.

    Elsewhere in the top ten, however, a few milestones were reached beginning with WB's The Meg, which added $3.8 million this weekend for a domestic total reaching $137 million. The film also added over $6 million internationally this weekend, bringing its international running cume to $368.2 million for a global tally topping $505 million.

    Additionally, Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Fallout rounded out the weekend top ten with an estimated $2.3 million, pushing the film's domestic cume over $216 million. The result makes Fallout the highest grossing release in the Mission franchise, topping Mission: Impossible II's $215.4 million domestic run back in 2000. The film also added $15.9 million internationally this weekend as its global cume continues to rise, now topping $760 million.

    Also, joining The Meg in the $500 million club is Sony's Hotel Transylvania 3, which brought in over $4 million globally this weekend for a worldwide cume that now totals $503 million.

    In limited release, Vertical's Where Hands Touch opened with an estimated $70,000 in 103 locations ($680 PTA); Roadside debuted Lizzie in four locations for an estimated $49,895 ($12,473 PTA); Hannover's The Riot Act brought in an estimated $28,275 from nine locations ($3,142 PTA); A24's The Children Act opened with an estimated $20,362 in three theaters ($6,787 PTA); Vitagraph's Museo debuted with an estimated $17,500 from one theater; Screen Media's Bel Canto delivered $14,036 in two locations; National Geographic's Science Fair opened with $12,250 in one theater; Cinema Guild's Hale County This Morning, This EVening opened in two locations with an estimated $9,914; and Sony Classics's American Chaos could muster only $7,963 from 26 locations for a per theater average of just $306.

    Next weekend Universal will release the family targeted feature The House with a Clock in its Walls in 3,300+ locations; Amazon Studios will debut Life Itself into 2,500 locations; and Briarcliff will release the Michael Moore documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 into ~1,500 theaters.

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    Elsewhere in the top ten, however, a few milestones were reached beginning with WB's The Meg, which added $3.8 million this weekend for a domestic total reaching $137 million. The film also added over $6 million internationally this weekend, bringing its international running cume to $368.2 million for a global tally topping $505 million.
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    'House With a Clock In Its Walls' Debuts with $26.8M While Fellow New Releases Stumble



    Despite the over performance of Universal's new release The House with a Clock in Its Walls and the strong hold from Lionsgate's A Simple Favor, this weekend is still one of the worst of the year. Things weren't helped by the soft openings from Fahrenheit 11/9, Life Itself and Assassination Nation as the three other new wide releases struggled to find an audience. Additionally, for the second weekend in a row, the previous weekend's #1 film dipped mightily in its sophomore session.

    At the top of the weekend box office is Universal and Amblin Entertainment's The House with a Clock in Its Walls with an estimated $26.85 million. Heading into the weekend the expectation was for a debut in the low twenties as it wasn't quite clear whether this one could match the performance of the previous Jack Black kid-targeted family horror Goosebumps, but in fact it managed to outperform the 2015 release, which debuted with $23.6 million before going on to gross just over $80 million domestically. Goosebumps did receive slightly better reviews and the "B+" CinemaScore for Clock is a bit below the "A" for Goosebumps so there's no telling if these variations will have any kind of major effect, but given the release timing of Clock it is positioned well to play throughout the Halloween holiday.

    Of the film,'s 3,592 theaters, House with a Clock in Its Walls opened on 400 IMAX screens in North America, generating an estimated $2.5 million of the film's opening weekend gross. Included with those showings was an exclusive IMAX 3D version of Michael Jackson's Thriller. How much of a draw the music video may have been isn't clear, but it's an interesting side note to a solid debut for the $42 million production.

    Internationally, Clock debuted in just 14 markets, bringing in an estimated $9 million led by its opening in the UK with $4.4 million. Next weekend the film will open in France, Russia and Thailand.

    Landing in second is the strong hold from Lionsgate's A Simple Favor. The thriller from Paul Feig and starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick dipped just 35% in its second weekend, pulling in an estimated $10.4 million for the three-day, pushing the film's domestic cume to $32.56 million. Internationally, the film added $5.2 million from 36 markets for an overseas total that now stands at $10 million. The film's international reach expands much further next weekend with openings in France, Belgium, Brazil, Netherlands, Mexico, Spain and Sweden.

    Warner Bros. and New Line's The Nun dropped 44% this weekend, finishing with an estimated $10.2 million for the weekend as the film's cume now tops $100 million domestically. The Nun is the fourth film in the Conjuring franchise to reach the century mark and it will soon become the second highest grossing film in the franchise, behind The Conjuring, which grossed $137.4 million domestically back in 2013.

    Internationally, The Nun released in its final 18 markets and for the third weekend in a row is the #1 film overseas bringing in an estimated $35.4 million from 80 total markets, pushing the film's global tally to $292.6 million. The film's release in Mexico continues to be the top grossing market with just over $20 million while openings this weekend included South Korea ($4.6m), France ($4.4m), Russia ($4.3m) and Italy ($2.9m).

    Fox's The Predator took a steep dive from its chart-topping position last weekend, dropping 65% this weekend for an estimated $8.7 million three-day. The film's domestic cume is now over $40 million, but it is falling fast.

    Internationally, The Predator brought in an estimated $15.3 million from 82 markets for an international cume reaching $54.5 million. This weekend's new openings included Mexico ($3.2m) and Colombia ($609k) with Russia remaining the film's top market with an estimated $6.5 million. Upcoming major market releases include Belgium (Oct 3), France (Oct 17) and Italy (Oct 11).

    Rounding out the top five is Warner Bros.'s Crazy Rich Asians, which dropped only 25% as it enters its sixth week in release, delivering an estimated $6.5 million. The film's domestic cume is now just shy of $160 million, currently ranking as the seventh largest romantic comedy of all-time and soon to pass The Proposal ($163.95m).

    Internationally, Crazy Rich Asians brought in an estimated $5.1 million from 35 markets for an overseas total that now stands at $47 million. The film's worldwide gross is now $206.4 million.

    In search of the weekend's three other new wide releases we first come to Fahrenheit 11/9 in eighth with in an estimated $3.1 million from 1,719 locations. The film's debut ranks as the 15th largest ever for a documentary, but the $1,804 per theater average is a bit disconcerting. Opening day audiences, however, did give the film an "A" CinemaScore.

    Just outside the top ten we come to Amazon Studios's Life Itself, which, according to estimates, delivered the second worst opening weekend of all-time for a film debuting in over 2,500 locations. With an estimated $2.1 million from 2,609 theaters the reported $10 million acquisition could only manage $807 per location. After debuting at the Toronto Film Festival in September the film received largely negative reviews, which seem to have clearly had an impact on its release this weekend. Life Itself received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

    Faring even worse is Neon's Assassination Nation, which only averaged $733 per location as it opened in 1,403 theaters with an estimated $1 million. The studio's response to the opening, while disappointed in the turnout, remains supportive: "Sam Levinson has created a bold, visionary and ultimately cathartic response to the dumpster fire that is 2018. We're admittedly disappointed more people didn't come out this weekend, but those that did were loud and overwhelmingly positive. It's going to take more time for Assassination Nation to find its audience, but even Heathers wasn't made in a weekend (total box office $1,108,462)."

    In limited release Bleecker's Colette delivered an estimated $156,788 from four locations for a strong $39,197 per theater average while Annapurna's The Sisters Brothers also delivered solid results from four theaters, debuting with an estimated $122,028 ($30,507 PTA). Additionally, IFC's Tea with the Dames brought in $15,031 from one theater and Parade Deck's Half Brothers opened with $1,100 from three theaters ($367 PTA).

    Overall, the weekend's top twelve generated $82.5 million making it the third worst weekend of the year from that perspective. We'll have to wait and see how things stack up once actuals roll in to see how the overall weekend compared.

    Next weekend Warner Bros. will debut their newest animated title Smallfoot into 4,000 locations while Lionsgate gets a head start on Halloween with Hell Fest in 2,200 theaters; Universal brings the Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish comedy Night School to 2,800 locations; and Pinnacle Peak will debut the moderate release of Little Women into ~600 theaters.

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    'Night School' & 'Smallfoot' Top Weekend, Capping Off a Strong September at the Box Office



    Universal topped the weekend box office for the second weekend in a row, this time with the comedy Night School starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. At the same time Warner Bros.'s animated feature Smallfoot finished in the runner-up position while the studio's horror hit The Nun became the highest grossing international and worldwide release in the Conjuring universe. All-in-all the weekend top twelve fell a bit shy of Mojo's pre-weekend expectations but this weekend did provide more than enough in terms of box office receipts to help deliver the second largest September on record behind last year's record breaking grosses.

    Universal's PG-13 comedy Night School from producer Will Packer topped the weekend chart with an estimated $28 million. While short of BoxOfficeMojo's pre-weekend forecast, this is a solid start for the $29 million production, which received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, a grade contrary to the mixed reviews from critics. Additionally, the film played to an audience that was split 50-50 male-to-female and of the overall audience, 59% was aged 25 or older.

    How the film plays from here, however, will be interesting. Looking at past releases starring Hart, the opening is ahead of 2014's About Last Night ($25.6m opening) and just behind Think Like a Man Too ($29.2m opening). About Last Night, however, could only manage a 1.9x multiplier and Think Like a Man Too just 2.23x, which would suggest a run anywhere from $53-62 million if Night School follows suit.

    Internationally, Night School brought in an estimated $5.5 million from 19 markets including a $2 million debut in the UK and a $1.2 million opening in Australia. The film will open in Spain in mid-October followed by openings in Italy (Nov 8), Mexico (Nov 9), Germany (Nov 15), Russia (Nov 29), France (Dec 5) and Brazil (Dec 20).

    In second is Warner Bros.'s animated title Smallfoot with a performance pretty much spot on expectations, pulling in an estimated $23 million for the three-day. Heading into the weekend the studio was anticipating a performance right around $20-25 million with the obvious comp being WB's 2016 animated feature Storks, which opened with $21.3 million in late September before finishing with $72.6 million domestically. Smallfoot received a "A-" CinemaScore and played to an audience that was 55% female with 52% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 years or older.

    Internationally, Smallfoot opened in 49 markets this weekend with an estimated $14 million, pushing the film's overseas cume to $15.6 million after opening in just a couple markets last weekend. Leading the way was Mexico with an estimated $3.6 million followed by Australia with $1.4 million and Brazil with $1.3 million. The film opens in Italy next weekend followed by openings in Spain (Oct 11), Germany (Oct 11), UK (Oct 12), Japan (Oct 12), France (Oct 17), China (Oct 19) and Russia (Oct 25).

    Universal also landed in third with last weekend's number one pic The House With a Clock in Its Walls, which dipped 53% for an estimated $12.5 million sophomore frame, putting the film's domestic gross just shy of $45 million after ten days.

    Lionsgate's A Simple Favor continues its rock solid performance, dipping just 36% in its third weekend for an estimated $6.6 million. The film's domestic cume now stands at $43 million after 17 days in release, which puts it just a couple million shy of where star Blake Lively's The Shallows was at the same point before finishing with over $55 million domestically.

    Rounding out the top five is WB's The Nun with an estimated $5.4 million as it enters its fourth weekend in release. The film's domestic box office now stands at $109 million, but the story doesn't end there. The Nun brought in another $16.2 million overseas, pushing the film's international cume to $221 million for a global tally topping $330 million. The result makes The Nun the highest grossing film in the Conjuring universe internationally and globally.

    Just outside the top five is Lionsgate's release of CBS Films's horror-thriller Hell Fest, which debuted with an estimated $5.075 million. The performance is on the higher end of expectations for the $5.5 million production. The film received a "C" CinemaScore from opening day audiences of which were 53% female and 49% of the overall audience was aged 25 years or older.

    WB's Crazy Rich Asians added an estimated $4.15 million to its domestic total, which now stands at $165.7 million. This pushes the film past The Proposal making it the sixth highest grossing romantic comedy of all-time.

    Outside the top ten we find Pinnacle Peak's Little Women debuting with an estimated $747,000 from 643 locations.

    Leading the charge in limited release, National Geographic's Free Solo delivered an estimated $300,804 from four locations for a chart-topping $75,201 per theater average. The performance delivers the highest opening per theater average of 2018 and the best ever opening per theater average for a documentary, besting 2006's Inconvenient Truth ($70,333 PTA). Next weekend the film will add 27 screens in markets such as DC, Boston, Dallas, San Diego, Minneapolis and Phoenix, while expanding over into over 100 theaters in week three.

    Fox Searchlight's The Old Man & the Gun starring Robert Redford, in what the actor says will be his final screen performance, brought in an estimated $150,000 from five theaters ($30,000 PTA). The film will add eight more markets next weekend (Austin TX., Dallas, Boston, Washington DC, Toronto, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Chicago) as well as expand further in New York and Los Angeles, anticipating a theater count around 35-40 locations.

    Additional limited releases include Neon's Monsters and Men finished with an estimated $130,979 from 18 locations ($7,277 PTA); Abramorama's documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. delivered an estimated $51,373 from two theaters; The Orchard's All About Nina brought in $30,614 from four locations ($7,654 PTA); IFC's Black '47 debuted with $9,006 from one theater; and El Tigre's 306 Hollywood opened with an estimated $8,150 at the Quad Cinema in New York.

    Next weekend could be a big one with the release of Venom in over 4,000 locations as it looks to kick off October with what could be a record breaking opening for the month. Additionally, Warner Bros. will be looking for a great start for A Star is Born, which has already energized the festival circuit and will debut in over 3,500 theaters as it kicks off what it hopes will be a long awards season run. Also, in limited release, Fox will debut The Hate U Give in 34 locations and Universal will be releasing Loving Pablo into 10 theaters.

    You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.

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