At the box-office this weekend the drama ‘The Accountant’ battled the comedy ‘Kevin Hart: What Now?’ and the new action-adventure ‘Max Steel’. While two of the films saw moderate success during their opening debuts, they will all have to compete with two major franchises next week – ‘Jack Reacher’ and ‘Ouija’.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ new drama, ‘The Accountant,’ took the top-spot this week with $24.7M across 3,332 locations. ‘The Accountant’ was directed by Gavin O’Connor, the screenplay was written by Bill Dubuque. The drama stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons. While taking the top-spot, ‘The Accountant’ easily outgrossed the comedy ‘Kevin Hart: What Now?’ from Universal Pictures, which came in second-place on the domestic charts with $11.98M at an estimated 2,567 locations. ‘Kevin Hart: What Now?’ was directed by Leslie Small and Tim Story, the film’s screenplay was written by Kevin Hart and Joey Wells. Joining Kevin Hart in the film are Don Cheadle and Halle Berry.
‘The Girl on the Train,’ also from Universal Pictures, dropped from first-place to third-place this week with an $11.97M weekend across 3,241 locations. The film, which has been in theaters for just two-weeks at this point, has already grossed $46.56M domestically. ‘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.
FOX’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ dropped one-slot to fourth-place this week with an estimated $8.9M weekend, but the film did remain in 3,835 locations. The adaptation has now earned over $65.8M domestically for the studio. ‘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.
Wrapping-up the top-five this weekend was ‘Deepwater Horizon’ from Lionsgate, the drama earned an additional $6.35M across 3,403 locations.. The film, which has been in theaters for three-weeks now, has grossed just under $50M for the studio. ‘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.
That leaves ‘Max Steel,’ which debuted this weekend to a miserable $2.16M despite opening across 2,034 locations. ‘Max Steel’ was directed by Stewart Hendler, working from a screenplay written by Christopher Yost. The film stars Ben Winchell, Josh Brener and Maria Bello.
These films will most likely have a short-lived victory at the top of the charts, as ‘Jack Reacher 2’ and ‘Ouija 2’ are set to release next weekend. Also releasing next week are ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ and ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’.