Box Office: Tim Burton’s Dark ‘Miss Peregrine’s’ Opens with $28.5-M
Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Deepwater Horizon’ opens to $20.6-M, Relativity’s 1st major release post-bankruptcy, ‘Masterminds,’ DOA, while Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ nationwide expansion uneventful.
Tim Burton’s kid-friendly fantasy adventure Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children opened to $28.5-M from 3,522 theaters at the North American box office at the weekend, pasting Pete Berg’s Oil Rig disaster pic Deepwater Horizon and placing #1.
Deepwater Horizon placed #2 with $20.6-M from 3,259 venues.
Both films placed better than pre-release tracking suggested but were not cheap productions, they will need to be strong players on the global stage.
Miss Peregrine’s Home topped the foreign chart in its debut with $36.5-M from 55 markets for a worldwide take of $65-M. .
Miss Peregrine’s Home earned a B+ CinemaScore
Younger moviegoers turned out with 55% of the US audience under the age of 25. Females made up nearly 60% of the box office ticket buyers.
Despite Mr. Wahlberg’s star status, Deepwater Horizon is a tough sell overseas, where it opened to $12.4-M from 52 markets.
Partners Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) and Participant Media allotted a hefty $156-M for Deepwater Horizon, but rebates and tax incentives brought the budget down to the $110 – 120-M range. Those are high numbers for an adult fall drama. And in terms of Wahlberg’s big-budget movies, Deepwater Horizon opened the lowest ever.
The film garnered an A- CinemaScore, and 67% of those turning out were over the age of 35, while the gender split was even.
Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven fell to # 3 in its 2nd frame after topping the chart last weekend. The classic remake, from MGM and Sony (NYSE:SNE), declined 54% to $15.7-M for a domestic box office through Sunday of $61.6-M. Magnificent Seven has amassed $46.5-M so far abroad for a global take of $108.7-M.
Storks and box-office hit Sully rounded out the Top 5 in the US, taking in $13.8-M and $8.4-M, respectively. That puts the 10-day domestic total for Storks, an animated offering form Warner Bros., at $38.8-M, while Sully passed the $100-M mark in its 4th frame.
Overseas, Sully has earned $46.3-M to date for a worldwide tally of $151.7-M. Storks took in another $14.6-M internationally for a foreign take of $38.8-M and global box office of $77.6 million.
Masterminds only managed a 6th-place finish with $6-M from 3,042 locations despite a star-studded cast led by Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis.
Disney’s chess drama Queen of Katwe is struggling despite an A+ CinemaScore. After opening in select theaters last weekend, the movie upped its theater count to 1,242 locations, taking $2.6-M for a domestic box office of $3-M
At the specialty box office
Mick Jackson’s drama Denial, starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Sall, opened in 5 theaters, grossed $102,101 for a solid theater average of $20,420. Bleecker Street is distributing the film in the US.
Denial posted the Top theater average of the weekend, followed by A24’s American Honey, which opened to $75,370 from 4 theaters for a location average of $18,892.
The latest anti-Hillary Clinton documentary,Clinton, Inc. is playing in 20 theaters in the Chicago area. Among the more controversial claims made by the movie is that former US President Bill Clinton was drawn to Monica Lewinsky because the former White House intern reminded him of his mother, and he was drawn to his wife Hillary because she was like his grandmother, providing him with stability and security. The doc intends to expand nationwide on 14 October.
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