Night School Pays Off at the Box Office


Making a successful movie is tough. It takes skill. It takes craft. It takes, often, a little bit of luck. But sometimes, you gotta have something extra: You gotta have Hart.

Night School, starring funny people Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, roared to first place with an estimated $28 million in its weekend debut. ‘Course, appearing in a No. 1 movie is old hat for Hart: This comedy marks his 11th chart-topper (or 12th, if you count his voice work in The Secret Life of Pets).

And let’s face it: Night School needed all the Hart magic it could get, given that it was one of four new releases competing for the box-office dollar.

One of those newcomers, the animated Smallfoot, stomped into second place with $23 million. That’s not bad, but given that Smallfoot was in 1,100ish more theaters than Night School (4,131 compared to Night School’s 3,010, to be precise), perhaps its makers at Warner Bros. were a wee bit disappointed. Still, it’d be unwise to give up on the furry creature. It’s not done … yeti.

Last week’s No. 1 film, The House With a Clock in Its Walls, slid to third place and earned $12.5 million. That was nearly twice as good as the fourth-place finisher, A Simple Favor. The three-week-old dramedy/mystery collected another $6.6 million.

The Nun continued its habit of floating around the top five, finishing fifth with nearly $5.1 million, spoiling the debut of another horror flick, Hell Fest (sixth place, $4.2 million). The Nun has now earned $109 million in North America. But it’s been really racking up the cash in overseas markets, adding another $221 million—enough, maybe, to buy some good, strong boards to hammer across that door to the underworld, one would hope.

Little Women, the weekend’s fourth biggish release, made only a little money in its 643 theaters. The latest remake of Louisa May Alcott’s 150-year-old book earned $747,000 to finish 16th.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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charitysplace More than 1 year ago
Smallfoot looks cute, but not cute enough to drive an hour one way to see it. ;)
Lostariel Bronwethiel More than 1 year ago
The only reason I want to watch it is because Niall Horan sings a song for it