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Box office: Cryptozoological comedy Smallfoot stomps toward No. 2 spot; Jack Black and Hell Fest not far behind

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Sep 30, 2018, 10:45 AM EDT

Yetis are taking over the box office this weekend, as Warner Bros.' Smallfoot is set to take the second spot, with $23 million during its first weekend in theaters. The top spot will not be occupied by genre fare this week, dominated by the Kevin Hart/Tiffany Haddish comedy Night School.

Directed and co-written by Smurfs 2 screenwriter Karey Kirkpatrick, Smallfoot plays fast and loose with the folklore of yetis. The plot follows a group of the cryptozoological creatures, who come across a human, a being they thought was only a myth. Naturally, the human feels the same way about them.

Targeted at young children and their families, the animated comedy features an all-star cast of Channing Tatum, Ely Henry, Zendaya, James Corden, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Jimmy Tatro, Danny DeVito, and Yara Shahidi.

In third place will be Eli Roth's film adaptation of The House With a Clock in Its Walls, with an estimated $12.5 million. Sadly, this magic-centric movie is proof that genre has been struggling to maintain box-office dominance for more than one week at a time. While at No. 1 during its debut last week, it is now at No. 3.

Conjuring-verse entry The Nun is competing for fourth place with Paul Feig's A Simple Favor, with around $5.4 million. To date, the horror film has made just over $105 million domestically and $310 million worldwide.

Fifth place at the box office will go to another horror offering, CBS Films and Lionsgate's slasher flick Hell Fest. While a much smaller production than the other contenders this weekend, it should make a nifty $5 million, not a bad chunk of change considering that it cost $5.5 million to make.

Directed by Get Out and Happy Death Day editor Gregory Plotkin (also the director of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension), the movie revolves around a serial killer who uses a Halloween-themed amusement park as a cover for his murderous activities.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, & Box Office Mojo)