New releases 'Night School' and 'Smallfoot' close out the September box office


The combined star power of Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart got Universal comedy Night School to number one with $28 million, putting it just shy of its $29 million production budget. Fellow new release Smallfoot came in at number two with $23 million, filling a months-long void for children’s animated content that was last filled by Incredibles 2 earlier this summer. Those two films pushed last week’s champ, A House with a Clock in Its Walls, down to spot number three; its $12.5 weekend gross (total gross $44.7 million) represents a 53% drop from its opening weekend.

Rounding out the top five were A Simple Favor (weekend gross $6.6 million, total gross $43 million), dropping a modest 35% in its third weekend, and Warner Bros.’ The Nun, its $5.4 million weekend haul ($109 million total) officially making it the highest-grossing film in the Conjuring franchise.

Landing just outside the top ten with $5 million was the Liosngate horror release Hell Fest, which debuted on 2,297 screens for a reasonable—if not exceptional—$2,209 per-theatre average. Given the film’s $5.5 million budget, that opening cume isn’t at all bad, though it’ll have a lot of horror competition in the coming weeks as Halloween approaches.

Outside the top 15 is where you’ll find the latest remake of Little Women, debuting to a wan $747,000 on 643 screens.

The highest per-theatre average went to the National Geographic documentary Free Solo, debuting to $300,804 on four screens for a PTA of $75,201. Also new to theatres in limited release were Robert Redford starrer The Old Man and the Gun ($150,000 on five screens), Monsters and Men ($130,979 on 18 screens), Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. ($51,373 on two screens), All About Nina ($30,614 on four screens), Black ’47 ($9,006 on a single screen) and 306 Hollywood ($8,150 on a single screen).