The movie industry is having a profitable autumn, as last month closed as the second-best September in Hollywood history, and several blockbusters were ready to open in October, an analyst said.

“The industry looks to a potentially monumental October at the box office, as the year to date (sales figures) continue to enjoy a solid advantage over last year at this point,” said movie industry analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore.

“Night School,” a PG-rated comedy starring Kevin Hart, opened in the number one spot this weekend with $28 million in sales.

Another new release, a family-targeted animation feature called “Smallfoot,” opened in second place with $23 million in sales.

Jack Black’s science fiction fantasy, “House With A Clock In Its Walls,” earned $12.5 million in sales on its second weekend, good for $44.8 million in sales over 10 days.

Rounding out the 10 most popular movies in the United States and Canada, as estimated by the studios and reported by comScore, were “A Simple Favor” ($6.6 million), “The Nun” ($5.4 million), “Hell Fest” (opening at $5 million), “Crazy Rich Asians” ($4.2 million), “The Predator” ($3.7 million), “White Boy Rick” ($2.4 million) and “Peppermint” ($1.8 million).

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