Warner Bros.' new animated offering Smallfoot opened to No. 2 on Friday with $6.5 million for a weekend debut in the $23 million-$24 million range from 4,131 theaters. The movie, whose voice cast includes Channing Tatum and LeBron James, likewise earned an A- CinemaScore.
Co-written and directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Smallfoot follows a group of Yeti who encounter a human (neither can believe the other is real). James Corden, Zendaya, Common, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito and Yara Shahidi also lend their voices.
Holdovers The House With a Clock In its Walls, A Simple Favor and The Nun look to take the next three posts on the chart, followed by CBS Films' new pic Hell Fest.
Gregory Plotkin's modestly budgeted slasher film, distributed by Lionsgate, grossed roughly $2 million on Friday from 2,297 theaters for a $5 million weekend. The film stars Amy Forsyth, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards and Tony Todd and centers on a group of teens who are pursued by a killer at a horror-themed amusement park on Halloween. Audiences gave the film a C CinemaScore, not unusual for the genre.
The fourth new film opening nationwide this weekend, albeit in far fewer locations, is Little Women, the seventh big-screen adaptation of the iconic novel about the March sisters. The indie pic, from distributor Pinnacle Peak and playing in 643 cinemas, may not crack $1 million. Sarah Davenport, Allie Jennings, Lucas Grabeel, Ian Bohen and Lea Thompson star.
With awards season getting underway, a flurry of movies are set to open at the specialty box office. One of those is National Geographic's documentary Free Solo, which is on course to score the best theater location average of the year -- or roughly $77,000 -- not to mention a likely record for a doc.
Free Solo, launching in four theaters, follows professional Alex Honnold as he free climbs Yosemite's El Capitan.
Fox Searchlight's The Old Man & the Gun, the last film Robert Redford says he will star in, is opening in five locations for a projected average of $28,000. The critically acclaimed movie, directed by David Lowery and co-starring Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck, tells the gritty tale of compulsive real-life bank robber Forrest Tucker, who escaped from prison 16 times over the course of a long career that ended when he was in his late 70s. Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Isiah Whitlock Jr., John David Washington, Tom Waits and Elisabeth Moss co-star.
Washington is pulling double duty this weekend, between Old Man & the Gun and Monsters and Men, a new specialty offering from Neon helmed by first-time feature director Reinaldo Marcus Green. The police shooting drama, launching in 18 locations, is looking at a weekend screen average of roughly $5,500.