‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’ Takes Weekend Box-Office Crown

Lewis Collier
September 24, 2018

As Variety reports, the Eli Roth-directed adaptation of the bestselling children's book delivered a "better than expected" debut, with the Jack Black- and Cate Blanchett-starring film bowing in with a $26.8 million domestic tally in its first weekend.

Co-produced with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" collected $26.9 million from cinemas in the USA and Canada, ComScore Inc. estimated in an email Sunday. Only one of those new releases, The House with a Clock In Its Walls, managed to crack the top seven in this week's top ten, while the other three completely fizzled out, allowing holdovers from last week to maintain fairly healthy positions. It brought in $3.1 million, about half of the $6 million that Box Office Mojo predicted.

The House with a Clock In Its Walls got some help, too, from critics who gave it modestly positive reviews (67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), while audiences genuinely seemed to like it, as well (a B+ on Cinemascore). After all, The House fetched the biggest opening of his career, which has mostly been sliding since the original Hostel film back in 2006. Lionsgate's thriller A Simple Favor will earn about $10.4 million in its second weekend, edging out Warner Bros'. horror movie The Nun, with about $10.3 million in its third frame. Moore's most commercially successful film, the 2004 release "Fahrenheit 9/11", brought in $222.4 million globally and is the top domestic documentary of all time.

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Critics have been less impressed by Life Itself, the multigenerational tearjerker from This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman, which now has a 13-percent "fresh" rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

The weekend itself was projected to be among the slowest of the year, with Box Office Mojo predicting the top films would struggle to produce $80 million in North America. It will earn about $2.1 million at 2,609 theaters, landing in 11th place. Check out the September 21-23 figures below.

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