Night School won the box office the first weekend, but it was less than director Malcolm D. Lee’s latest movie Girls Trip. Lee met with her Girls Trip group star Tiffany Haddish in the new comedy starring Kevin Hart as a restless adult trying to get his GED. While the combination of the two leading actors had the potential to make a very entertaining film, the Night School is unfortunately a missed opportunity. Critics thought it was a bit bland and forgetful about the genre, mainly because of a bloated script.
However, Universal seemed to have planned the start of the Night School in the right way. September was a relatively slow month at the box office, with films like “The Predator” and “The House with a Clock in its Walls” winning collections of up to $ 20 million over the weekend. Due to the lack of competition, the night school had a great opportunity to reach the top and that’s exactly what happened.
At the box office, Mojo, the Night School earned $ 28 million in the first three days of the country, nearly equivalent to its $ 29 million production budget. That was enough to secure the # 1, but it’s not a very impressive achievement. The night school was opened far below the youngest vehicles from Hart like Central Intelligence ($ 35.5 million) and Ride Along 2 ($ 35.2 million). Also, the opening of Girls Trip in the amount of 31.2 million US dollars could not be achieved.
It will be interesting to see how the Night School is maintained throughout its theater career. In the next few weeks, several high-profile offers such as the award-winning film “A Star is Born” and “First Man” and the alleged record breaker “Venom” premiered. A middle-aged comedy like the Night School can stay on the streets and try to stand up to the big newcomers, even though it has something in their favor. It will be the only great comedy on the market until Johnny English Strikes Again opens in late October. Spectators who want to laugh will not have many other options to choose from. No one expects the Night School to change things and become a big hit, but fans of the genre can help increase profitability.
In the remaining five places, the new animated film Smallfoot took second place with 23 million US dollars. The family film showed a cast of voices and was generally rated positively, which helped make it more attractive to the demographic target. At the top of the lists were mainly the remains. House with Clock ($ 12.5 million), A Simple Favor ($ 6.6 million) and The Nun ($ 5.4 million) completed the list.