Weekend box office: Miss Peregrine survives Deepwater Horizon

When it comes to books, especially children’s books, being turned into movies, sometimes the film’s weekend box office performance is dependent on how well the marketing team can get the book fans to turn up in theaters.  THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a good example of an adaptation that became successful thanks to a loyal book following.  I’m inclined to think the same thing for MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, since it’s flirting with a $30 million opening.  It is directed by Tim Burton and he has his fans, but that’s a large opening for this kind of movie, so I think the studio should thank Ransom Riggs more than Burton.  The other new movie of the weekend was Mark Wahlberg’s DEEPWATER HORIZON, which is hovering around $20 million.  That has to be a little disappointing for an A-lister led true action drama.  The last new movie of the weekend was the comedy ensemble MASTERMINDS, which couldn’t even crack the top five.

Next week sees the long awaited wide release of BIRTH OF A NATION, which I’m guessing will do alright, but it will have a lot of eyes on it as it eyes Oscar glory.  We also get THE GIRL ON A TRAIN with Emily Blunt, which is another adaptation of a famous novel, but I’m not sure it has the following that Miss Peregrine has.  My guess is that MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN won’t have legs in its second weekend, which will pave the way for BIRTH OF A NATION to take the top spot.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children $28.3m

2. Deepwater Horizon $20m

3. Magnificent Seven $15.8m

4. Storks $14m

5. Sully $8.3m

6. Masterminds $6.6m

7. Queen of Katwe $2.5m

8. Bridget Jones’s Baby $2.3m

9. Don’t Breathe $2.3m

10. Snowden $1.9m

(Deadline)

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