With Hollywood’s summer blockbuster season winding down, Universal Pictures is celebrating its first hit of the fall, with “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” taking the #1 spot at the domestic box office in its opening weekend.
As Variety reports, the Eli Roth-directed adaptation of the bestselling children’s book delivered a “better than expected” debut, with the Jack Black- and Cate Blanchett-starring film bowing in with a $26.8 million domestic tally in its first weekend.
“Obviously, we couldn’t be more pleased,” Universal’s head of domestic distribution, Jim Orr, tells Variety. “It’s always great to kick off your fall slate at #1.”
Director Paul Feig’s Blake Lively-starring thriller “A Simple Favor” continued to hold strong in its second week of release, taking the #2 spot by adding an additional $10.4 million for a two-week total of just over $32.5 million.
Rounding out the rest of the weekend’s top five are: “The Nun” in third place, with the latest instalment in the “Conjuring” franchise taking in $10.25 million in its third weekend, adding to a total domestic gross of more than $100 million; “The Predator” at #4, bringing in $8.7 million for a two-week domestic total of $40.4 million; and “Crazy Rich Asians” in fifth place, adding $6.5 million in its sixth week of release for a domestic tally of $159.4 million.
Meanwhile, Michael Moore’s highly anticipated Trump documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” also debuted this weekend, making a distant eighth-place finish after bringing in a lower-than-anticipated opening-weekend domestic total of $3.1 million.