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It was the first short animation in which Mickey actually spoke and his first spoken words were "Hot Dogs!".


ANOTHER JACK BLACK MOVIE IS IN THE NUMBER ONE SPOT. THIS IS HIS FIFTH MOVIE THIS YEAR TO BE IN THE NUMBER ONE SPOT. 'THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN IT'S WALLS' CAME INTO THE NUMBER ONE SPOT WITH A BOXOFFICE FIGURE OF $26 MILLION.
MOVING UP TO SECOND PLACE THIS WEEK WAS 'A SIMPLE FAVOR' WHICH TOOK IN A$10.4 MILLION BOXOFFICE TAKE AND GOOD REVIEWS.


HORROR HELD ON THIS WEEKEND TO TAKE THE NUMBER THREE SPOT AT THE BOXOFFICE. THE SUPERNATURAL THRILLER, "THE NUN" BROUGHT IN $10.3 MILLION. IT HAS NOW MADE OVER THE $100 MILLION MARK.



The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a 1971 British comedy horror film directed by Robert Fuest, written by William Goldstein and James Whiton, and starring Vincent Price and Joseph Cotten Its art deco sets, dark humour and performance by Price have made the film and its sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again cult classics. The film also features Terry-Thomas and Hugh Griffith, with an uncredited Caroline Munro appearing in still photographs as Phibes's wife. The film follows the title character, Phibes, who blames the medical team that attended to his wife for her death four years prior and sets out to exact vengeance on each one. Phibes is inspired in his murderous spree by the Ten Plagues of Egypt from the Old Testament.


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THIS WEEKEND Jack Black was back in the number one spot for the fifth time this year with the fantasy adventure The House with a Clock in Its Walls which debuted to an estimated $26.9M from 3,592 theaters for a strong $7,475 average. The actor had spent four non-consecutive frames on top at the beginning of the year with Jumanji and audiences of all ages were ready to check out his next offering.

Universal witnessed a performance that topped the $23.6M launch of the actor's Goosebumps from two years ago which also was a spooky PG-rated pic released in the pre-Halloween window aimed at families. Reviews were somewhat good but ticket buyers came out for the well-known source material, the flashy and fun look, plus the starpower of Black and co-star Cate Blanchett.

Studio data showed that the crowd was 52% male, 54% under 25, and 53% white. The B+ CinemaScore is not bad and playability looks good in the weeks ahead as the pumpkin holiday approaches. Goosebumps went on to finish with 3.4 times its opening.

The mystery A Simple Favor held up well in its second weekend and actually climbed up a spot from third to second with an estimated $10.4M, off just 35%. Lionsgate has banked $32.6M to date and could be headed for a finish of about $55M which would be a solid performance for this Anna Kendrick-Blake Lively pic which has been powered by young women.

The Nun dropped a reasonable 44% to an estimated $10.3M pushing the cume for Warners past the century mark at $100.9M. By this time next week, Nun will become the second highest grossing pic of the 5-film Conjuring franchise behind only the first film. Crumbling 65% in its sophomore session was last week's top film The Predator with an estimated $8.7M. Fox has taken in $40.4M to date and the final gross should come close to the $52M of 2010's franchise installment Predators which suffered a more terrifying 72% freefall in its second weekend.

The sleeper hit Crazy Rich Asians spent its sixth weekend in the top five with an estimated $6.5M slipping only 25% for the smallest decline in the top ten. Total has risen to $159.4M on its way to the $180M neighborhood. Sony's White Boy Rick featuring Matthew McConaughey fell by 44% to an estimated $5M in its sophomore frame putting the cume at $17.4M. Jennifer Garner followed with her revenge saga Peppermint which was down 38% to an estimated $3.7M for STX and $30.3M overall.

Michael Moore, the box office king of documentaries, stumbled with his latest entry Fahrenheit 11/9 which fared poorly on its opening weekend. The R-rated film from new distributor Briarcliff managed to gross only an estimated $3.1M this weekend from 1,719 theaters for a dismal $1,803 average. It was a very wide launch for a doc and reviews were quite positive, but audiences just did not come out for it. Critiquing Trump, the 2016 election and beyond, 11/9 offered much of what has been on the TV news airwaves constantly for the past couple of years so many in the target audience felt it unnecessary to pay to see this on the big screen which comes in stark contrast to the handful of docs which have done exceptionally well at the box office this year providing more unique stories.

Down 39% in its seventh round was The Meg with an estimated $2.4M for Warner Bros. and a healthy $140.5M cume. Global has now shot up to an impressive $516.4M. The word-of-mouth hit thriller Searching slipped 32% to an estimated $2.2M and upped its sum to $23.1M for Sony.

There was plenty of activity below the top ten from wide release flops as well as strong platform debuts. The creator of the TV ratings monster This Is Us found no luck pulling his fan base out to a multiplex as the new film Life Itself was ignored on opening weekend grossing only $2.1M, according to estimates. The R-rated film from Amazon averaged a miserable $805 from 2,609 locations and poor reviews repelled any interested bodies. The teen thriller Assassination Nation bowed to an estimated $1M from 1,403 sites for a horrible $713 average for Neon.

Bleecker Street scored the best arthouse debut of the weekend with its new Keira Knightley drama Collette which opened to an estimated $157,000 from four houses in New York and Los Angeles for a sizzling $39,250 average. Reviews were sensational and the roll-out will see a dozen more major markets open next weekend on its way to national play on October 12. Annapurna did well too with The Sisters Brothers which collected an estimated $122,000, also from four NY/LA sites, for a solid $30,500 average.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $79.1M which was down 27% from last year when Kingsman: The Golden Circle opened at number one with $39M; and down 15% from 2016 when The Magnificent Seven debuted in the top spot with $34.7M.

Compared to projections, The House with a Clock in Its Walls opened above my $20M forecast while Fahrenheit 11/9 came in well below my $9M prediction.

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The North American Boxoffice According to studio estimates which are collected on Sunday by Reuters.

THIS WEEKEND BOXOFFICE CHART
"Hollywood's Horse Race...and they're off!

Weekend Box Office (September 21 to September 23, 2018) Source:Exhibitor Relations Co.
TWLWTitle (click to view)StudioWeekend Gross% ChangeTheater Count / ChangeAverageTotal GrossBudget*Week #
1 N The House With A Clock In Its Walls Uni. $26,850,000 - 3,592 - $7,475 $26,850,000 $42 1
2 3 A Simple Favor LGF $10,400,000 -35.0% 3,102 - $3,353 $32,562,414 - 2
3 2 The Nun WB (NL) $10,250,000 -43.8% 3,707 -169 $2,765 $100,895,307 $22 3
4 1 The Predator (2018) Fox $8,700,000 -64.7% 4,070 +33 $2,138 $40,435,122 $88 2
5 5 Crazy Rich Asians WB $6,515,000 -25.0% 2,802 -583 $2,325 $159,439,483 $30 6
6 4 White Boy Rick Studio 8 $5,000,000 -43.6% 2,504 - $1,997 $17,410,368 $29 2
7 6 Peppermint STX $3,720,000 -38.0% 2,680 -300 $1,388 $30,332,559 $25 3
8 N Fahrenheit 11/9 Briarcliff $3,101,000 - 1,719 - $1,804 $3,101,000 - 1
9 7 The Meg WB $2,350,000 -39.2% 2,003 -848 $1,173 $140,522,919 $130 7
10 8 Searching SGem $2,175,000 -31.6% 1,787 -222 $1,217 $23,115,344 - 5

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