NEW YORK – The gothic family fantasy "The House With A Clock in Its Walls" exceeded expectations to debut with an estimated $26.9 million in ticket sales at the weekend box office.
Audiences showed considerably less interest in Michael Moore's Donald Trump-themed documentary, "Fahrenheit 11/9," than his George W. Bush-themed one.
According to studio estimates Sunday, "A House With A Clock in Its Walls" was easily the biggest draw of a quiet weekend at theaters. The other three new wide releases all disappointed or downright flopped.
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"Fahrenheit 11/9" opened with $3.1 million in 1,719 theaters – a huge debut for most documentaries but a fraction of the $23.9 million opening generated in 2004 by Moore's record-breaking "Fahrenheit 9/11."
"Life Itself," from "This Is Us" creator Dan Fogelman, and the home invasion thriller "Assassination Nation" both barely registered in nationwide release.
Rounding out the top five: The Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively mystery "A Simple Favor," which finished second with $10.4 million; "The Conjuring" spinoff "The Nun," third with $10.3 million; the "Predator" revival, in fourth with $8.7 million; and "Crazy Rich Asians," with $6.5 million in its sixth week in theaters, with $159.4 million to date.
Final numbers will be out Monday.
Contributing: Kim Willis