It’s the first weekend of October and moviegoers will find a very crowded box-office at their local cinema. Several new films hit the box-office charts this week, including the adaptation of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’. With four new films hitting the charts this weekend, last week’s big winners seemed doomed to take a substantial hit. Opening at number-one and number-two respectively last week was ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ and the animated-comedy ‘Storks,’ but both films remained on the top-five this weekend despite the new arrivals.
Debuting at number-one this week was “Miss Peregrine’s” with $28.5M across 3,522 locations domestically. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was directed by Tim Burton, the film is based on the novel written by Ransom Riggs, and the screenplay was written by Jane Goldman. Starring in the film are Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Samuel L. Jackson.
“Deepwater Horizon” from Lionsgate debuted in the number-two spot this weekend with $20.6M, the film opened across 3,259 locations domestically. “Deepwater Horizon” was directed by Peter Berg, working off a screenplay written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Douglas M. Griffin.
Sony’s “The Magnificent Seven” dropped to third-place this week with a $15.7M weekend, but the film did remain in 3,674 locations. The film has now grossed over $61.6M for Sony in just two-weeks. ‘The Magnificent Seven’ was directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke
“Storks” also took a tumble this week, dropping from second-place last week to fourth-place this week. The animated-comedy earned an additional $13.8M for the studio, remaining in 3,922 locations, and bumping the film’s two-week total to just over $38.81M. ‘Storks’ was directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland. The film features the voice-talents of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell.
Rounding out the top-five was “Sully” from Warner Bros. Pictures. The popular drama managed to earn an additional $8.4M across 3,717 locations, raising the film’s four-week total to over $105.38M domestically. ‘Sully’ was directed by Clint Eastwood, working off a screenplay written by Todd Komarnicki and based on the book ‘Highest Duty‘ written by Chesley Sullenberger.
Missing the top-five but worth mentioning is the long-delayed release of ‘Masterminds,’ the film only managed to earn $6.6M across 3,042 locations this week. “Masterminds” was directed by Jared Hess, the screenplay was written by Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer. The film stars Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis.
While all three films are expected to continue their success next week, they will be met with some serious competition. Releasing next week is the highly-anticipated adaptation of ‘Girl on a Train,’ as well the drama ‘The Birth of a Nation’. Another adaptation, the family-comedy ‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life’ from James Patterson, will also be releasing next week.