Free Solo earns the best per-theater average of the year, on top of the rise of the documentary.
Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart have a number one film to add to their resumes as Night School (#1) came in number one in its debut weekend. It didn't quite reach estimates, possibly due to poor reviews, but it still brought in $28 million. The film was produced by the same team behind Girls Trip, a huge box office hit last year.
Family film Smallfoot (#2) gave Night School a run for its money, bringing in $23 million. The animated flick earned an A- CinemaScore, which could mean it will have room to grow over the next few weeks. Estimates put it at finishing with around $70 million at the end of its run.
Last weekend's number one film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls (#3), dropped 53%, enough to keep it in the high rankings of the Top Ten. Also, s sticking around, The Nun (#5) has now become the most successful film in the Conjuring film franchise. Domestically, it crossed $109 million this weekend and will still be playing through the Halloween season.
Hell Fest (#6) and Little Women (#16) failed to make much of an impact. The former brought in just above $5 million. The latter didn't even cross $1 million, earning just $747,000 from 643 theaters.
As for limited release films, the big story is documentary Free Solo (#22) which brought in $300,804 from four theaters; that's $75,201 per theater average, which is the highest of the year. Robert Redford's latest, The Old Man & the Gun (#27), earned $150,000 from five theaters.
Leaving the Top Ten this weekend are Michael Moore's newest documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9 (#11), summer blockbuster The Meg (#12), and thriller Searching (#13).
This coming weekend will see Marvel's Venom hope to continue the box office success of the MCU. Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga, also opens, coming off a very successful festival season. And, in limited release, festival hit The Hate U Give and Universal's Loving Pablo will get releases in 34 theaters and 10 theaters, respectively.
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1. NIGHT SCHOOL - $28 million
2. SMALLFOOT - $23 million
3. THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS - $12.5 million
4. A SIMPLE FAVOR - $6.6 million
5. THE NUN - $5.43 million
6. HELL FEST - $5 million
7. CRAZY RICH ASIANS - $4.1 million
8. THE PREDATOR - $3.7 million
9. WHITE BOY RICK - $2.385 million
10. PEPPERMINT - $1.77 million
Box office numbers via BoxOfficeMojo.com.