For many movie fans, the name Eli Roth is synonymous with gory, R-rated horror, with cult movies such as Hostel, Cabin Fever, and The Green Inferno helping the director to become a favourite with horror fans. In February, he directed the critically-panned remake of Death Wish, but he has returned a few months later with the biggest hit of his career. The House with the Clock in its Walls certainly has its frights, but this is a family-friendly ghost story. It is heavily influenced by ’80s movies such as Gremlins and The Goonies, with Steven Spielberg involved as a producer and an A-list cast that includes Cate Blanchett and Jack Black.
As a result, the movie took the No.1 slot at the weekend box office, making an estimated $26.85 million in its first three days in the US. With Halloween approaching and no direct competition for the younger demographic in the coming weeks, The House with the Clock in its Walls could stick around the chart for a while.
Last week’s No.3, the thriller A Simple Favor, actually rose to No.2 this week, trading places with the hugely successful Conjuring spin-off The Nun. This meant that last week’s No.1, The Predator, dropped all the way down to fourth place. It made $8.1 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to just $40.4 million, from a production budget of nearly $90 million.
The week’s only other new entry was Michael Moore’s political documentary Fahrenheit 11/9, which debuted at No.8 with $3.1 million. The rest of the chart consisted of titles that have stuck around for a few weeks, including Crazy Rich Asians (No.5), Peppermint (No.7), and The Meg (No.9)
You can see the full Top 10 list for the September 21-23 US box office below, as compiled by Box Office Mojo.
US/Canada Box Office For September 21-23
- The House With A Clock In Its Walls – $26.85 million
- A Simple Favor – $10.4 million
- The Nun – $10.25 million
- The Predator – $8.7 million
- Crazy Rich Asians – $6.51 million
- White Boy Rick Studio – $5.0 million
- Peppermint– $3.72 million
- Fahrenheit 11/9 – $3.1 million
- The Meg – $2.38 million
- Searching – $2.17 million