A $28 million opening weekend may not seem like a big achievement at the box office, but for a comedy like Universal’s “Night School,” it’s definitely a win. At a time when only a precious few comedies have found success at the box office, “Night School” has posted the best opening for the genre this year, beating the $20.6 million start for fellow Universal release “Blockers.”
Released on 3,091 screens, the Kevin Hart/Tiffany Haddish film is only a few paces behind the $31 million opening for “Girls Trip,” the previous collaboration between Haddish, director Malcolm D. Lee, and producer Will Packer. With a budget of $29 million and a CinemaScore grade of A-, the film is in position to turn a solid profit, though just how much of a profit is still to be seen, as next week it will face steep competition in the form of Sony’s Marvel film “Venom” and Warner Bros.’ awards contender “A Star Is Born.”
Speaking of Warner Bros., their animated film “Smallfoot” was in second this weekend, meeting tracker expectations by opening to $23 million from 4,131 locations. This is a slightly higher start than the two previous September releases from Warner Animation Group, “Storks” ($21.3 million) and “The Lego Ninjago Movie” ($20.4 million).
More to come…