Universal’s Night School delivered an estimated $9.5 million on Friday in 3,010 theaters nationwide (including the $1.35 million earned on Thursday night). This sets the stage for a $27-29 million, close to its goal of a $30 million opening weekend.
It’s been a very low performing year for original comedies. Anything above Blockers‘ $20.6 million would give the film the biggest comedy opening of the year. Blockers, interestingly, was also a Universal production.
Warner Bros’ Smallfoot opened in an ultra-wide 4,131 theaters, but is performing along the same lines of Storks ($5.8M), Captain Underpants ($7.9M), and Emoji Movie ($10M).
The animated feature stomped up a $6 million earning on Friday (including the $800,000 earned Thursday night), which puts it on track for a $20-23 million weekend take. This is troubling considering its $80 million budget. Also, it will be interesting to see if it displays strong legs with no animated competition in October.
Lionsgate’s Hell Fest opened in 2,297 theaters and earned a mediocre $2.2 million opening day on Friday (including the $435,000 is scared up Thursday night), which places it on track for a $4-5 million opening weekend.
This film is great fun for the Halloween season and we hope that it finds an audience over the course of its run. The great news is that the film only cost $5.5 million to produce, and will definitely turn a profit when its all said and done.
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