Malcolm D. Lee’s Night School, starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, topped the box office over the weekend with $28 million in receipts. The movie was budgeted at $29 million and follows Hart’s character as he tries to get his G.E.D., and Haddish’s teacher character as she refuses to cut him a break.
While the critical reception was lukewarm, the movie earned an A- from CinemaScore. Night School pulled the biggest comedy debut for a September movie, trailing only Sweet Home Alabama in 2002. The House With a Clock in Its Walls rounded out the top three with $12.5 million for its second weekend out, just a 53% drop over its debut.
Warner Bros. took the second slot with the animated Smallfoot, featuring the voice work of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, LeBron James and Danny DeVito.