This past weekend’s box office results will show that comedian Kevin Hart is back on top. His latest film “Night School,” co-starring Tiffany Haddish, is expected to take No. 1 for the weekend, per USA Today’s report.
According to their numbers, “Night School” is expected to total about $28 million in ticket sales. It edged out the new animated family comedy “Smallfoot,” which features vocals from stars like LeBron James, Zendaya, and Channing Tatum. “Smallfoot” has a projected box office take of about $23 million for the past weekend.
It’s the first time in two years that a “straight-up comedy” has claimed the top spot. These are comedies that don’t mix other elements or genres typically. Previously, Melissa McCarthy’s “The Boss” was a No. 1 straight-up comedy film in April of 2016. McCarthy’s film opened with nearly $23.6 million in ticket sales and ended up taking in $63,285,885 in terms of domestic revenue.
While Hart’s latest laugh-fest is bringing in some cash, it hasn’t been all that well-received by critics. The Rotten Tomatoes website has given it an aggregate review score of just 30 percent overall. The site indicates that 64 of 92 reviews were “rotten” in terms of how they felt about the film.
The movie follows Kevin Hart as Teddy Walker, a member of a group of misfits who head to night school. Haddish plays the role of tough teacher Carrie who doesn’t really go easy on Hart or the cast of characters. It’s Hart’s first film in the box office since 2017’s “Jumanji.” Previous films with Hart included “Central Intelligence” co-starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and “Ride Along” with hip-hop star Ice Cube.
Other movies that finished in this weekend’s top five included the new Jack Black horror-for-kids “The House With A Clock In Its Walls” ($12.5 million) and “A Simple Favor” ($6.6 million). Horror film “The Nun,” which is part of “The Conjuring” series of movies, finished fifth with about $5.4 million at the box office.