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.
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.
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