Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish proved to be an unstoppable duo this weekend as Universal Pictures comedy Night School topped the domestic box office with an estimated $28 million from 3,010 theaters, an average of $9,302 per theater. Night School marks the biggest comedy opening of the year and is Universal’s fifth No. 1 movie of 2018. Internationally, the film earned $5.5 million from 19 territories to bring its worldwide total to $33.5 million after one weekend. Night School received an A- CinemaScore from audiences and was made for just $29 million. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the film also stars Rob Riggle, Taran Killam and Romany Malco.
In second place, Warner Bros. Pictures‘ new animated Smallfoot debuted with $23 million from 4,131 North American theaters, an average of $5,573. Like Night School, it also received an A- CinemaScore. Smallfoot grossed $14 million from 49 international markets as well, bringing its overseas total to $15.6 million and global sum to $38.7 million. Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, the film features the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, and Jimmy Tatro.
Dropping two spots to third place was The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Universal), which grossed $12.5 million and has earned $44.8 million domestically after two weeks. Internationally, the family film added $21 million (from both Universal and Amblin territories) and has earned $65.8 million worldwide. Made for $42 million, The House with a Clock in Its Walls was directed by Eli Roth and stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic, and Kyle MacLachlan.
Also dropping two spots to fourth was Lionsgate mystery thriller A Simple Favor, which earned $6.6 million and has a domestic total of $43 million after three weeks. A Simple Favor was directed by Paul Feig and stars Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, and Henry Golding.
Rounding out the top five at the domestic box office, The Nun (Warner Bros. Pictures) added $5.4 million and has grossed $109 million. The film also earned $16.2 million overseas from 80 overseas markets. The international total is now up to $221 million and global sum has reached $330 million. That makes The Nun the highest-grossing film in The Conjuring Universe globally and internationally! Made for just $22 million, The Nun was directed by Corin Hardy and stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu, and Bonnie Aarons.
Newcomer Hell Fest (CBS Films, Lionsgate) debuted in sixth place with $5 million from 2,297 theaters, an average of $2,209 per theater. Receiving a C CinemaScore, the horror film cost just $5.5 million to make. Hell Fest was directed by Gregory Plotkin and stars Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Christian James, Roby Attal, Matt Mercurio, and Tony Todd.
Continuing its long box office run, Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians added $4.2 million this weekend and has brought in $165.7 million domestically after seven weeks. The film also took in $3.2 million from 37 overseas markets and is up to $53.2 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $218.9 million. The Jon M. Chu-directed film stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, and Awkwafina, with Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh; as well as Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remy Hii, and Nico Santos. It cost just $30 million to make.
And in its third weekend, 20th Century Fox’s The Predator lost 1,144 theaters and dropped to eighth place with just $3.7 million. That puts the domestic total at $47.6 million after three weeks. Made for $88 million, The Predator was directed by Shane Black and stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, and Yvonne Strahovski.