'Night School' wins a competitive weekend at the box office

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  • The Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish comedy “Night School” wins the weekend box office with $US28 million.
  • The Warner Bros. animated movie “Smallfoot” took in a respectable $US23 million.

It was a close race for the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, as Universal’s “Night School” finished the weekend below industry projections and Warner Bros’ “Smallfoot” kept a steady pace.

But when the smoke cleared, “Night School” was the winner, raking in an estimated $US28 million.

The latest comedy from the director of “Girls Trip,” Malcolm D. Lee, the equaliser for “Night School” was that it has Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart as its stars, two of the most popular actors working today.

Despite coming in under its projected $US30 million opening, Universal can’t frown with a $US28 million start for “Night School.” Most studio comedies would beg for that kind of box office coin its opening weekend.

WB’s family friendly “Smallfoot” – featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, LeBron James, and Danny DeVito – came out at the right time as there hasn’t been an attractive kids title in theatres for a while.

That led to a $US23 million opening, which is stronger than the studio’s 2016 animated release, “Storks” ($US21.3 million).

Holdovers “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” and “A Simple Favour” continue to make good bank. “Clock in Its Walls” had an impressive $US12.5 million second weekend, just a 53% drop after winning the box office last week, and “Simple Favour” has been impressive since its September 14 opening, taking in $US6 million this weekend and a domestic total of over $US43 million.

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