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‘Night School’ passes the test at the tills

For once it was a comedy, not a superhero or horror flick, that topped North American box offices this weekend as Universal’s raucous new release Night School pulled in an estimated $28 million, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

‘Night School’ passes the test at the tills
The cast of  the American comedy film, 'Night School'
Kevin Hart stars as one of a group of misfits attending night school to earn their high school diplomas, under the firm tutelage of Tiffany Haddish. The film nearly paid off its $29 million production costs over the three-day weekend, Variety reported.

In second was another new release, family animation Smallfoot from Warner Bros., which netted $23 million. The comic tale about a group of Yeti who run into a human—to the amazement and consternation of both sides—features the voices of Channing Tatum, LeBron James, James Corden, Zendaya and Danny DeVito.

Last weekend’s top attraction, Universal’s family film The House With a Clock in Its Walls, slipped to third spot, pulling in $12.5 million. In fourth was A Simple Favor, Lionsgate’s drama about a mommy blogger (Anna Kendrick) who investigates the mysterious disappearance of her friend (Blake Lively). It earned $6.6 million.

And fifth place went to horror film The Nun from Warner Bros., the latest fright fest in the popular Conjuring series. The story of a young nun, an exorcist and a guide stumbling onto a dark secret in Dracula country netted $5.4 million. ​

Topics: Night School , Kevin Hart , Tiffany Haddish , Smallfoot , Channing Tatum , LeBron James , The House With a Clock in Its Walls , A Simple Favor , Anna Kendrick , Blake Lively
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