Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures‘ The House with a Clock in Its Walls easily topped the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $26.9 million from 3,592 theaters, an average of $7,475 per location. Internationally, the family film opened in 14 markets and earned $3.1 million. $6 million of the worldwide tally came from IMAX theaters, with $2.5 million coming from 400 domestic IMAX screens. The film is showing in IMAX theaters with Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Made for $42 million, The House with a Clock in Its Walls received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. The movie was directed by Eli Roth and stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic, and Kyle MacLachlan.
Dropping just 35% in ticket sales from last weekend, Lionsgate mystery thriller A Simple Favor climbed a spot to second place its second weekend. The film earned $10.4 million and has now grossed $32.6 million in North America. The movie has also earned $10 million overseas and is at $42.6 million globally. A Simple Favor was directed by Paul Feig and stars Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, and Henry Golding.
In third place, The Nun (Warner Bros. Pictures) added another $10.3 million this weekend and is now up to $100.9 million after three weeks. The Nun topped the international box office this weekend with $35 million and has grossed $191 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $292 million. Made for just $22 million, the film was directed by Corin Hardy and stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu, and Bonnie Aarons.
As its C+ CinemaScore predicted, 20th Century Fox’s The Predator dropped a hefty 64.7% in ticket sales its second weekend, earning $8.7 million in the fourth spot for a total of $40.4 million. The Predator earned $15.7 million overseas this weekend, which puts the international total at $54.8 million and worldwide total at $95.3 million. 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.
Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians continued its impressive run and remained in fifth place with $6.5 million, to take its six-week total to $159.4 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.
Sony Pictures drama White Boy Rick collected $5 million in the sixth spot and has grossed $17.4 million after two weeks. Made for $29 million, the Yann Demange-directed film stars Matthew McConaughey and Richie Merritt.
In addition to The House with a Clock in Its Walls, there were five other notable newcomers this weekend. Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 opened with $3.1 million from 1,719 theaters, an average of $1,804 per site. It received an A CinemaScore from audiences. Amazon’s Life Itself was ignored by moviegoers, as it earned just $2.1 million from 2,609 theaters, an average of $807 per location. That film received a B+ CinemaScore. Likewise, NEON’s Assassination Nation grossed just $1 million from 1,403 theaters, an average of $733.
In limited release, Bleecker Street’s Colette debuted with $156,788 from four theaters, an average of $39,197, while Annapurna’s The Sisters Brothers drew $122,028 from four theaters, an average of $30,507.