Box Office: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ Marks $25-M Debut

Box Office:  Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ Marks $25-M Debut

Box Office: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ Marks $25-M Debut

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The film’s better-than-expected showing is a testament to Mr. Affleck’s star status; ‘Kevin Hart: What Now’ is also pulling in strong numbers,’Max Steel’ tanks and ‘The Birth of a Nation” tanks.

Ben Affleck’s action-thriller The Accountant is headed for a better-than-expected $25-M debut at the North American box office after topping Friday’s chart with $9.1% from 3,332 theaters.

The movie’s standing is a testament to Mr. Affleck’s star status.

Audiences like the Gavin O’Connor-directed film much more than critics, awarding it an A-CinemaScore. Males dominated Friday’s audience (58%), while nearly 70% of ticket buyers were over the age of 35.

In the film, Mr. Affleck plays a wizard accountant/assassin who manages the books for mobsters and cartels.

Stand-up comedy pic Kevin Hart: What Now? is likewise enjoying a solid launch. The movie earned an estimated $4.8-M Friday from 2,567 theaters for a projected $12.4-M weekend, putting it in a potentially close race with fellow Universal title The Girl on the Train for the # 2 spot.

Mr. Hart’s latest outing grossed $4.8-M Friday, while Girl on the Train took in $3.9-M. However, Girl on the Train should pick up steam.

What Now? nabbed an A- CinemaScore, follows the final performance of Hart’s successful stand-up comedy tour at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field in August 2015.

Leslie Small and Tim Story directed What Now, which blends some fictional storylines, like Hart playing a Bond-like spy accompanied by sidekick Halle Berry, with Hart’s stand-up performance.

Also opening wide this weekend is Max Steel  based on Mattel’s toy action figures. The movie, from Dolphin Films and Mattel, is bombing in its debut. The film is expected to gross roughly $2_ from 2,043 theaters at the weekend.

The sci-fi adventure film follows teen Max McGrath and his alien companion, Steel, who combine their new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged Max Steel. The unlikely friends struggle to accept their oddly connected fates as they battle evil forces threatening mankind.

Stewart Hendler directed based on a script by Christopher Yost.

Now in its 2nd frame, filmmaker Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation is struggling badly. The slave-rebellion drama is projected to tumble more than 60% to an estimated $2.7-M from 2,105 theaters for a 10-day domestic box office total of $12-M for Fox Searchlight.

Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Deepwater Horizon round out the Top 5 after The Accountant, Girl on the Train and What Now.

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