In what has become a rare moment at the box-office, this week’s major releases do not include a single superhero film or horror-thriller. Instead, the box-office results refreshed with the drama adaptation of ‘The Girl on the Train,’ the now controversial-drama ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ and the family-comedy ‘Middle School’. The east-coast storm surely took a hit at the box-office totals overall, but a few films still managed to hang on to their top-spots.
Debuting at number-one this week was “The Girl on the Train” from Universal pictures with $24.6M across 3,144 locations. “The Girl on the Train” was directed by Tate Taylor, the screenplay was written by Erin Cressida Wilson and Paula Hawkins (who wrote the book the film is based on). The film stars Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett and Rebecca Ferguson.
Dropping from first to second this week is another adaptation, this one from FOX, called “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”. The film earned an additional $15M over the weekend, while remaining in 3,705 locations across the country. In just two-weeks the film has now grossed over $51.05M 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.
Third-place on the domestic box-office charts went to the drama “Deepwater Horizon” from Lionsgate. The film pulled-in another $11.75M this weekend, raising the film’s two-week total to just over $38.51M 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” remake earned $9.15M this weekend, remaining in 3,696 locations, and securing fourth-place overall. This raises the film’s three-week total to over $75.9M domestically. “The Magnificent Seven” was directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.
Surprisingly, the Warner Bros. Pictures animated hit “Storks” managed to remain on the top-five this week despite the new releases. “Storks” earned an additional $8.45M and remained in 3,608 locations. The animated-comedy has now earned $50.12M in just three-weeks. “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.
FOX’s “The Birth of a Nation” only managed to gross $7.1M across 2,105 locations during its debut weekend. The film landed in sixth-place overall. “The Birth of a Nation” was written and directed by Nate Parker. The film stars Parker, Armie Hammer and Penelope Ann Miller.
Also missing the top-five but worth mentioning is “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life,” which landed in seventh-place overall during the film’s debut weekend. The film earned $6.9M for Lionsgate across 2,822 locations. “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” was directed by Steve Carr, with Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer writing the screenplay for the film. The film stars Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham and Alexa Nisenson.
These films have a pretty good chance of retaining their box-office rankings into next week as well. Opening across the country next-weekend are the thriller ‘The Accountant,’ the comedy ‘Kevin Hart: What Now?’ and the action film ‘Max Steel’.