'The House with a Clock in Its Walls' leads soft weekend as 'Life Itself' and 'Assassination Nation' tank


It was good news for one new wide release this weekend, as Universal’s family-friendly adventure/horror outing The House with a Clock in Its Walls opened to a slightly higher-than-expected $26.8 million on just over 3,500 screens. As for the other new wide releases… let’s just say there are probably some really disappointed studio execs on this fine Monday. Fahrenheit 11/9, Life Itself and Assassination Nation, all opening on well over 1,000 screens (2,609, in the case of Life Itself), all failed to crack the top five, with only Fahrenheit 11/9 ($3.1 million) landing in the top ten. Life Itself pulled in a wince-inducing $2.1 million, while Assassination Nation managed to earn just over a million. Neither of those films were able to muster per-theatre averages outside the triple digits.

Given the poor state of the weekend’s non-Clock new releases, the rest of the top five went to holdovers: A Simple Favor (weekend gross $10.4 million, total gross $32.5 million), dropping a modest 35% since its debut last week; The Nun (weekend gross $10.2 million, total gross $100.8 million); last week’s champ The Predator (weekend gross $8.7 million, total gross $40.4 million), dropping nearly 65%; and Crazy Rich Asians (weekend gross $6.5 million, total gross $159.4 million), enjoying its fifth week in the top five.

The weekend’s highest per-theatre average went to Colette, which opened to $156,788 on four screens for a PTA of $39,197. Another solid limited debuted belonged to Annapurna’s The Sisters Brothers, bowing to $122,028 on four screens for a PTA of $30.507. Also new to theatres in limited release were Tea with the Dames ($15,031 on a single screen) and Half Brothers ($1,100 on three screens).