‘House with a Clock’ chimes in atop North America box office

‘House with a Clock’ chimes in atop North America box office. (AFP Relaxnews pic)

LOS ANGELES: Universal’s family film “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” clocked up US$26.9 million (RM111 million) over its debut three-day weekend, the industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star alongside young Owen Vaccaro as Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan sent to live with his warlock uncle.

In its second week, “A Simple Favor” jumped a notch to second place. Lionsgate’s tale about a mommy blogger (Anna Kendrick) investigating the disappearance of her friend (Blake Lively) earned US$10.4 million.

Just a shade below with US$10.3 million, Warner Bros’ “The Nun” dropped to third place.

The latest fright fest in the popular “Conjuring” series stars Taissa Farmiga – whose sister Vera headlined two “Conjuring” films – in a story about a young nun, an exorcist and a guide stumbling onto a dark secret deep in Dracula country in the 1950s.

After slaying the box office at number one, sci-fi action movie “The Predator” fell to fourth place with earnings of US$8.7 million.

A Fox reboot of the franchise’s original production that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film’s US$24.6 million opening weekend haul did not meet expectations.

Glitzy rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians,” another Warner Bros. product, held on to fifth place with US$6.5 million.

The film, with a nearly all-Asian cast led by Henry Golding and Constance Wu, has a rich North American take of US$159.4 million in its six-week run.