Kevin Hart’s new comedy, Night School, has taken the lead in the North American box office for its first weekend of operation, raising $ 27.5 million, according to definitive figures released by the specialized company Exhibitor Relations.

“Director Malcolm D. Lee’s comedy takes us in the footsteps of a group of a social forced into adult education” hoping to earn their bachelor’s degree, explains the distributor’s synopsis in Canada, Universal.

Like many movies with comedian Kevin Hart, this comedy a bit silly please the general public but struggles to seduce critics: only 30% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

In one weekend, the film has already almost repaid its production cost of $ 29 million, says the magazine Variety.

He leads the rankings another novelty, the animation film Smallfoot, which generated $ 23 million.

 

The fantasy tale The House with a Clock in Its Walls, produced by Steven Spielberg’s (Amblin) production company, completes the trio of the lead.

Produced by horror film specialist Eli Roth ( Hostel ), this young audience-oriented film earned $ 12.6 million in revenue, for a total of 44.8 in two weeks.

In fourth place comes A Simple Favor. This Paul Feig thriller ( Bridesmaids ) raised $ 6.5 million, 43 million in three weeks.

The last place in the Top 5 is The Nun and its $ 5.4 million. The latest movie in the horror universe of the Conjuring is holding up well for its fourth week in theaters and now boasts $ 109 million in revenue in North America.

Here is the rest of the Top 10:

6 – Hell Fest: 5.1 million (first week)

7 – Crazy Rich Asians : 4.1 million (165.7 in seven weeks)

8 – The Predator : 3.9 million (47.8 in three weeks)

9 – White Boy Rick : 2.4 million (21.7 million in three weeks)

10 – Peppermint : 1.8 million (33.5 in four weeks)