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World Box Office: The Nun Narrowly Beats out The House with a Clock in Its Walls for Top Spot


The big-screen adaptation of the kids book The House with a Clock in Its Walls, a pre-Halloween family film with Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, had a good start. It topped the US charts, with close to $27 million. Internationally, 14 territories added $8.7 million, with the U.K. alone good for $4.3 million.

With a worldwide cumulative of $35.6 million, The House with a Clock in Its Walls came in at No. 2 on the global charts this week, where the champion was once again The Nun. The latest installment in the Conjuring universe added an extra $10 million domestically, enough to propel the horror film past the $100 million mark.

80 additional markets produced an extra $35 million, and a worldwide total very close to $300 million. The Nun opened in No. 1 in South Korea, in France and in Russia where it generated over $4 million each. Italy’s debut was good for $2.9 million. Among the countries that have been exhibiting the horror film for three weeks, the champion is Mexico, with over $20 million so far.

Shane Black’s The Predator fell by 65 percent in its second session and its domestic total stands now at $40.5 million. Internationally things are not so hot, with 80 territories delivering an extra $15 million and a global total of $94 million.

Fourth in the global charts was Golden Job, a Hong Kong action film that generated $23.2 million in China, followed by Rowen Atkinson’s slapstick spy comedy Johnny English Strikes Again, that grossed $17,2 million in 27 territories. Total revenues so far amount to $22 million, but the US and the UK have not opened yet.

A Simple Favor, starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, added $10.4 million domestically and $5.2 million out of 36 territories, for a global total of $42 million. Paul Feig’s black comedy’s strongest markets so far have been the U.K and Australia, whereas Mexico, Brazil, Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Sweden are set to open in the coming few days. And then there is Jon M. Chu’s romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, that keeps attracting audiences of all kinds and nationalities and crossed the $200 million mark. Its overseas total is $47 million, North America so far has delivered a phenomenal $160 million.

With the exception of The House with a Clock in Its Walls, this was not a very good week to be a new entry. Life Itself had stars like Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas in its cast. It had Dan Fogelman, the creator of This Is Us, as its director. But close to 2,600 North American theaters were good for only $2.1 million and Amazon may now be regretting paying $10 million to acquire the rights. The same amount of money reportedly paid by distributor Neon for the black comedy Assassination Nation, that squeezed just $1 million out of 1,400 theaters. But the major disappointment may be Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9. Back in 2004, Fahrenheit 9/11 debuted to a record-breaking $23.9 million with about 800 locations. But 11/9, whose main target are Donald Trump and his enablers, generated $3.1 million with twice the number of theaters.

Finally, the specialty box office – Colette, starring Keira Knightley, generated $156,788 out of four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, for a per-screen average of $39,197. With the same number of theaters The Sisters Brothers, a western starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jake Gyllenhaal, produced a per screen average of  $30,507.


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