Eli Roth’s family-friendly horror-fantasy tale “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, topped a quiet domestic box office this weekend.
The film took in a better than expected $26.8 million – a figure which is also Roth’s best opening to date. it was the one new opening that did well this weekend as three others came in way under expectations.
Despite strong buzz, Michael Moore’s Trump doco “Fahrenheit 11/9” opened in eighth place with $3.1 million. The film went wide from the get-go, as opposed to a limited platform release like most docos.
Dan Fogelman’s widely panned melodrama “Life Itself” didn’t crack the top ten and opened to just $2.1 million, while Sam Levinson’s “Assassination Nation” managed only $1 million – both films had high-profile (and costly) acquisition deals which are now looking like bad decisions.
Holdovers like “A Simple Favor” came in second and “The Nun” in third with a neck-and-neck $10.2 million. “The Predator” dropped to fourth with $8.6 million and “Crazy Rich Asians” was fifth with $6.5 million.
In limited release, both the Keira Knightley-led “Colette” and Jacques Audiard’s western dark comedy “The Sister Brothers” scored impressive $39,197 and $30,507 screen averages from four screen openings.
Source: Box-Office Mojo