Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish can celebrate hitting #1 at the box office this weekend as their new comedy “Night School” soared to the top spot with a domestic tally of $28 million in its debut weekend.
This is right in line with industry projections, which predicted an opening weekend tally between $25 and $30 million. In addition, the film picked up an additional $5.5 million in foreign markets for a worldwide tally of $33.5 million.
“Working with some of the funniest comedic talent in the business today with Kevin and Tiffany, pairing them with two filmmakers at the top of their game… and you have a movie that checks all of the boxes for which audiences clearly turned out,” Universal domestic distribution chief Jim Orr tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Landing at second place was the CGI-animated family film “Smallfoot”, capturing second place with a $23-million domestic opening weekend.
Last weekend’s #1 film, “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”, suffered a 53-per-decline over its opening weekend, but still managed to take the #3 spot with $12.5 million in its second week, racking up a domestic total of $44.8 million and $65.8 million worldwide.
Rounding out the rest of this weekend’s top five are “A Simple Favor”, dubbed a “sleeper hit” by THR after bringing in an additional $6.6 million for a $43.1 million domestic total and $62.9 million globally, and “The Nun”, which continued to perform well in its fourth weekend of release, adding $5.4 million domestically for a total $109 million, with total worldwide earnings so far topping $330 million.