Box Office: ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Rings $27-M; ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ DOA
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Dan Fogelman’s ‘Life Itself’ and ‘Assassination Nation’ DOA too! ‘Colette’ and ‘The Sisters Brothers’ win at the specialty box office.
At the weekend 3 high-profile fall festival films opening nationwide came DOA the weekend box office:
- Michael Moore’s new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9
- Assassination Nation
- Dan Fogelman’s Life Itself
Hollywood studio title The House With a Clock in Its Walls, a family-friendly film debuted to $27-M from 3,592 theaters Topping the weekend box office chart.
Overseas, House With a Clock launched to $8.7-M from a few offshore markets for a global start of $35.6-M.
Fahrenheit 11/9 posted a weak 8th-place finish in North America with $3.1-M from 1,719 theaters. Mr. Moore’s satirical anti-Trump film marks the 1st release from Tom Ortenberg’s new company, Briarcliff.
Life Itself, directed by This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman, came in at just $2.1-M from 2,578 cinemas after getting hammered by critics, Rotten Tomatoes score is 13%. Amazon Studios (NASDAQ:AMZN) paid $10-M+ for rights to ‘Life…” set to come in #10 at the weekend.
Sam Levinson’s thriller Assassination Nation earning an estimated $1-M from 1,403 theaters. Specialty distributor Neon partnered with the Russo brothers in paying a reported $10-M for rights to the black comedy after it premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.
The pic screened earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Fahrenheit 11/9 and Life Itself also played as awards season got underway.
Among the holdovers
Lionsgate’s (NYSW:LGF) A Simple Favor held nicely in its 2nd frame, grossing $10.4-M to place # 2 and finish Sunday with a domestic box office of $32.6-M. Offshore, the Paul Feig black comedy took in $5.2-M from 36 markets for a foreign tally of $10-M and $42.6-M globally.
Warner Bros.’ The Nun crossed the $100-M mark domestically in its third weekend after earning another $10.3-M. The horror pic topped the foreign box office chart with $35.4-M from 80 markets for a worldwide total of $292.6-M.
The Nun landed at # 3, followed by Fox’s The Predator, which fell 65% in its 2nd frame for a domestic total of $40.4-M. The Shane Black-directed reboot grossed another $15.3-M from 80 foreign markets for a soft international total of $54.5-M and $94.5-M globally.
Box-office sensation Crazy Rich Asians, also from Warners, a unit of TWX, rounded out the Top % domestically with $6.5-M in its 6th weekend for a strong $159-M. Globally the romantic comedy passed the $200-M mark, thanks to an early foreign total of $47-M.
At the US specialty box office
Fall festival offerings Colette, starring Keira Knightley, and The Sisters Brothers, starring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, both impressed in their debuts. From Bleecker Street, Colette posted a screen average of $39,197 from 4 theaters, followed by $30,507 for Annapurna’s Sisters Brothers.
Among specialty holdovers
Sony Pictures Classics’ The Wife finished the weekend with a domestic box office of $5-M from 468 theaters in its 6th frame.
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