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Bo Report: ‘Ladies in Black’ works its charms as Johnny English strikes again

Ladies in Black.’

Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Love opened impressively in Australian cinemas last weekend, considering that the primary target audience, mature cinemagoers, don’t normally rush out to see films in the first weekend.

Benefiting from glowing reviews and copious publicity, the 1959-set comedy-drama starring Julia Ormond, Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Ryan Corr, Alison McGirr, Noni Hazlehurst and Vincent Perez, looks set for a long run.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Sony release did not open at No. 1. That honour went to Universal’s spy comedy Johnny English Strikes Again, seven years after the release of Johnny English Reborn.

Dark comedy/fantasy The House with a Clock in Its Walls opened in top spot in the Us but under-performed here while Warner Bros’ animated adventure Smallfoot began reasonably well, positioned to cash in on the school vacation.

Madman Entertainment launched Ben Lawrence’s feature documentary Ghosthunter, which won the $10,000 Documentary
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'The House With A Clock In Its Walls' rules North America as 'The Nun' crosses $100m

'The House With A Clock In Its Walls' rules North America as 'The Nun' crosses $100m
Colette, The Sisters Brothers impress in limited bows.

Amblin Partners’ fantasy The House With A Clock In Its Walls debuted top in North America on an estimated $26.9m for a solid result through Universal as Warner Bros horror The Nun crossed $100m in its third weekend.

Assassination Nation and Life Itself disappointed in their opening weekends, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 opened well although insiders doubt its longevity, and Colette and The Sisters Brothers delivered sparkling debuts.

Cate Blanchett and Jack Black star in The House With A Clock In Its Walls, which also ventured into its first international territories through Universal and Amblin Partners.
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‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ and ‘Life Itself’ Flop Loudly, While Eli Roth Dominates With ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’

‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ and ‘Life Itself’ Flop Loudly, While Eli Roth Dominates With ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’
Success can come from strange places. Eli Roth, whose name became synonymous with torture porn, will likely see family film “The House With a Clock in the Walls” become his biggest hit. Produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin, “House” comes after nearly two months after the last major family release. However, its 47 percent Saturday increase shows initial strong positive reaction as well as successful marketing.

The story combines sorcery, magic, a haunted house, and comedy as an orphan boy is sent to live with his uncle, played by Jack Black. With Cate Blanchett along to give it even more heft, it clicked during a period when original projects have taken over after the siege of summer sequels. Its total — for a film with half the budget — is better than last weekend’s “The Predator.” A sign that fresh material is more appealing than franchise titles?

Case in point: The weekend
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Jack Black & Cate Blanchett Lead ‘House With A Clock’ To Magical Debut At The Box Office

When we think of guaranteed box office hitmaking stars, the talk revolves around people like Robert Downey, Jr., Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chris Pratt, Tom Cruise, etc… However, while everyone has been looking the other way, Jack Black has turned into a bit of a box office goldmine. And with his latest, “The House with a Clock in its Walls,” the comedic actor has turned another film that critics and pundits were doubting and created a bit of a surprise hit.

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Eric Kripke on ‘House with a Clock in Its Walls’ and ‘Supernatural’ Easter Eggs

From director Eli Roth and writer Eric Kripke, and based on the novel by John Bellairs, the family fantasy film The House with a Clock in its Walls follows recently orphaned 10-year-old Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro), who goes to live with his rather eccentric Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in a creaky old house full of all sorts of magical wonder. As Lewis discovers a hidden world of magic, mystery and the supernatural, and gets to know Jonathan’s best friend and neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), he also accidentally awakens the dead, wreaking havoc in his new but …
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‘Clock’ Chimes Loudest at Box Office On an Otherwise Quiet Weekend

Universal’s family flick The House With A Clock in Its Walls had no trouble taking over the number one spot from The Predator this weekend at a ho-hum North America box office. Michael Moore’s latest doc Fahrenheit 11/9 was rather cold in its eighth place start while Amazon Studio’s critically slammed weepie Life Itself croaked outside the top ten.

Without a blockbuster along the lines of It to boost attendance, the top ten continued to underperform, down 18% from one week ago and a steep 27% from last year at this time. Next weekend will most likely be a repeat, unless Night School and/or Smallfoot over-perform in their debuts.

Produced for a modest $42 million, the Universal/Amblin The House With a Clock In Its Walls rang up a decent $26.8 million from 3,592 venues in its debut. Starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black, House opened slightly higher than Black’s 2015 family flick Goosebumps,
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‘The Nun’ Dominates International Box Office for Third Weekend in a Row With $35 Million

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‘The Nun’ Dominates International Box Office for Third Weekend in a Row With $35 Million
Warner Bros.’ “The Nun” topped the international box office for the third straight weekend, generating another $35.5 million in 80 markets.

That takes its overseas total to $191.7 million for a global tally of $292.6 million. “The Nun” now ranks as the biggest “Conjuring” movie in 32 territories. It’s also the highest grossing Warner Bros. title of the year in 26 territories, including Colombia, Sweden, and Romania.

The Nun” opened in Korea with $4.6 million on 824 screens, as well as France with $4.4 million in 348 locations. In Russia, it earned $4.3 million on 1,847 screens, making it the second-best opening for a horror film in that location. Other top launches included Italy ($2.9 million in 425 venues) and Norway.

Universal’s “Johnny English Strikes Again” came in third overseas with $17.2 million from 27 territories. Rowan Atkinson portrays the title character for the third installment in the Johnny English series. It opens in the U.S. in October. The British spy comedy picked
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Weekend Box Office: ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ Ticks To $27 Million

Well, at least Cate Blanchett is having a good weekend, and in the grand scheme of things that's really all that matters. The House with a Clock in Its Walls easily took the top spot at the box office this weekend, ticking past expectations to take in $26.8 million. Eli Roth's PG-spookshow shared the top 3 spots with holdovers A Simple Favor—down only 35% in its second weekend to land at $10.4 million—and The Nun, which scared up another $10.2 million. That's it for the good news this weekend, folks, because …
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Box Office: ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Leads With $26.8 Million, ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Falls Flat

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Box Office: ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Leads With $26.8 Million, ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Falls Flat
The House With a Clock in Its Walls” easily topped the domestic box office in an otherwise quiet weekend at multiplexes.

Eli Roth’s adaptation of the popular children’s book picked up a better-than-expected $26.8 million when it opened in 3,592 locations. The fantasy film, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, didn’t face much competition. A number of holdovers filled out the top five as a trio of new releases came in way under expectations.

The House With a Clock in Its Walls” topped “Hostel” as Roth’s biggest opening to date. The family-friendly film bowed with $8.7 million overseas for a global start of $35.6 million. Imax screens accounted for $2.5 million of its box office total.

Universal’s head of domestic distribution Jim Orr said the release date in a wide open market, along with the team of Roth, Black, and Blanchett, helped bolster the film above earlier projections.

“Obviously, we couldn’t be more pleased,
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The Most Surprising Thing About 'House With a Clock in Its Walls'

The Most Surprising Thing About 'House With a Clock in Its Walls'
Perhaps the most surprising thing in the new family film The House With a Clock in Its Walls isn’t its throwback aesthetic to the early days of the 20th century, or its playful banter between adult leads Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. No, the most surprising thing comes early on when the last of the opening credits is revealed: "Directed by Eli Roth." After years of sticking with horror and being on the cutting edge of a not terribly exciting horror-movie trend, the filmmaker has, at least for now, shifted to making family fare. And the combination, mostly,...
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Box Office: ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Edges to $24 Million Debut, ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Stumbles

Box Office: ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Edges to $24 Million Debut, ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Stumbles
The House With a Clock in Its Walls” is on its way to a No. 1 debut at the box office with an estimated $24 million from 3,592 North American locations.

The remaining top five slots should go to box office holdovers, with three other R-rated films opening in the $1 million to $3 million range.

“House” stars Cate Blanchett and Jack Black as an eccentric witch and warlock who live next door to each other and who play host to 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), who goes to live with his Uncle Jonathan (Black) in Michigan after his parents die. Eli Roth directed the fantasy pic from a script by Eric Kripke, adapted from the children’s book of the same name by John Bellairs. The Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment film is coming in above earlier estimates, which had placed it in the $18 million to $20 million range. It took in an estimated $7.8 million on Friday.
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Friday Box Office: ‘Life Itself’ Dies, ‘The House With a Clock In Its Walls’ Eyes $25 Million

Yikes. Halloween is still a month away but it's downright spooky how dead this weekend is shaping up to be. Appropriately enough, horror-for-kids flick The House With a Clock In Its Walls easily won Friday night, taking in $7.8 million on its way to a projected $25 million opening weekend. Eli Roth's first PG offering—which stars Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, and Owen Vaccaro—out-paced A Simple Favor in its second weekend ($3.3 million) and The Nun in its third ($2.95 million). Meanwhile, a trio of newcomers got off to equally less-…
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‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Levitates to No. 1 at Friday Box Office

‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Levitates to No. 1 at Friday Box Office
Universal’s “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” is off to a solid start at the box office, earning $7.8 million on Friday from 3,592 screens and putting itself on course to easily take No. 1 at the box office with an estimated $24 million opening.

Amblin didn’t break the bank making Eli Roth’s first PG film, keeping the budget for “Clock” at a reasonable $40 million. Should the current estimate hold through the weekend, it will represent an opening on the higher end of tracker expectations, which had pegged the Jack Black-Cate Blanchett vehicle for a start in the low $20 million range.

Also Read: 'The Nun' Got a Big Box Office Boost From Latinos

Inspired by the dark fantasies Amblin released in the 1980s, the film has earned mixed reviews with a 67 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, but had a solid reception from opening night audiences
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Movie Review – The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018)

The House With A Clock In Its Walls, 2018.

Directed by Eli Roth.

Starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Owen Vaccaro, Lorenza Izzo, Kyle MacLachlan, Colleen Camp, Sunny Suljic, and Renée Elise Goldsberry.

Synopsis:

A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

Jack Black isn’t starring in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, but is starring in a movie that might as well be a Goosebumps sequel itself – Eli Roth’s The House With A Clock In Its Walls? R.L. Stine-isms, child accomplices, magical creatures and all. Roth steps outside his blood-spattered “comfort zone” to tell a bedtime story about nurturing magnificent weirdness, one fluent in gothic haunted mansion mystique. Family friendly, PG-rated horror fare is in short order these days, and while Goosebumps set the recent bar out of nowhere only a few years back,
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Box Office: ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Ticking to $20 Million-Plus as ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Falters

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Box Office: ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Ticking to $20 Million-Plus as ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Falters
Jack Black’s “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” is ticking to a U.S. opening of $20 million-plus, early estimates showed on Friday.

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s fantasy film is expected to debut at the higher end of estimates, which were projected to be between $18 million and $20 million at 3,500 North American locations. According to some estimates, the film could earn as much as $25 million in its debut.

The adaptation of John Bellairs’ children’s book is set to earn about $7 million on Friday, including the $840,000 it reeled in from Thursday night previews. The preview gross was comparable to another one of Black’s book-to-movie adaptations, “Goosebumps,” which earned $600,000 in late-night shows in October 2015 on its way to a $23.6 million launch.

“House With a Clock in Its Walls” follows 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), who goes to live with his goofy uncle (played by Black) in an old
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‘Carol’ Helmer Todd Haynes To Direct ‘Dry Run’ Drama For Participant Media

‘Carol’ Helmer Todd Haynes To Direct ‘Dry Run’ Drama For Participant Media
Todd Haynes has been tapped to direct Dry Run, a film which plots details are being kept under wraps. The script is by

Participant Media is producing the pic with Mark Ruffalo, who is eyeing the lead role. Matthew Carnahan wrote the screenplay. Haynes directed the 2015 film Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and most recently the drama, Wonderstruck, with Julianne Moore. Haynes received an Oscar nomination for original screenplay for the 2003 pic Far from Heaven. He’s repped by CAA. Variety was first to report the news.
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Weekend Box Office: 'House With a Clock in Its Walls' Zooms to $27M; 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Tanks With $3M

Weekend Box Office: 'House With a Clock in Its Walls' Zooms to $27M; 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Tanks With $3M
A trio of high-profile fall festival films opening nationwide got iced at the weekend box office — Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9, the edgy teen black comedy Assassination Nation and Dan Fogelman's Life Itself.

The only new movie to do impressive business was a more commercial, Hollywood studio title: Eli Roth's big-screen adaptation of the beloved kids book The House With a Clock in Its Walls. The family-friendly pic, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, debuted to a better-than-expected $26.9 million from 3,592 theaters, easily topping the chart.

From Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal,...
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‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls': Eli Roth on Creating Gateway Horror for Kids

From director Eli Roth and writer Eric Kripke, and based on the novel by John Bellairs, the family fantasy film The House with a Clock in its Walls follows recently orphaned 10-year-old Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro), who goes to live with his rather eccentric Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in a creaky old house full of all sorts of magical wonder. As Lewis discovers a hidden world of magic, mystery and the supernatural, and gets to know Jonathan’s best friend and neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), he also accidentally awakens the dead, wreaking havoc in his new but …
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Box Office: ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Picks Up $840K in Previews

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” picked up $840,000 from Thursday night previews.

The adaptation of the 1973 John Bellairs book is aimed at family audiences and is poised to top the domestic box office during an otherwise sleepy weekend at the multiplexes. “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” should bring in between $18 million to $20 million across 3,500 North American locations. It screened in 2,700 theaters last night.

Preview results for “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” are roughly comparable to those for 2015’s “Goosebumps,” which made $600,000 en route to a $23.6 million opening. The fantasy film follows a young boy named Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), who goes to live with his eccentric uncle after his parents die. His uncle’s old house has a mysterious ticking heart that portends terrible things. Oscar winner Cate Blanchett plays a witch who lives next door. Director Eli Roth,
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‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Lures in $840,000 at Thursday Box Office

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Universal and Amblin Entertainment’s “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” grossed $840,000 in previews on Thursday.

To compare, “Goosebumps” grossed $600,000 in previews in 2015, while “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” earned $1.2 million in 2016 before grossing $28 million its opening weekend. “Goosebumps” made $23 million.

Universal is projecting an opening in the mid-teens for “Clock,” while independent trackers see the film’s opening weekend slightly higher at $20 million.

Also Read: Can 'House With a Clock in Its Walls' Become the Fall's First Family Box Office Hit?

Based on John Bellairs 1973 Ya novel of the same name, “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” stars Jack Black as Jonathan Barnavelt, the owner of the titular house filled with monsters and a clock trying to pull the Earth towards oblivion. When his nephew Lewis (Owen Vacarro) moves in, the discovery of magic makes adjusting to life in a new town even weirder.
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