Jack Black’s ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ No. 1 at box office

Jack Black sits atop of the box office. That’s because his new film, “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” opened with an impressive $27M.  Surprisingly, in addition to obviously being a hit with audiences, the film received love from the critics. The film scored a 68 percent fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

Besides Black’s film, which opened this weekend, the box office was not kind to the rest of this weekend’s new features. Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore’s “11/9” fell well below expectations. It only managed to come away with $3M. This despite studio expectations had the film coming away with $6M. Additionally, the drama “Life Itself” didn’t even manage to place in the top 10, only making $2.1 in its first weekend of release.

Elsewhere, Anna Kendrick’s and Blake Lively’s twist-filled flick, “A Simple Favor” took the second spot at the box office with $10.4M. Coming in at third was “The Nun,” just a shade behind a “Simple Favor” with $10.3M.

Perhaps the box office will be kinder to next week’s new releases as Kevin Hart’s “Night School” and the animated “Smallfoot” both open Sept. 28.


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