It was another relatively quiet weekend at the box office in 2016, but one of the newcomers did get off to a solid start.
Coming in first is The Girl on the Train (read our review), which made $24.6 million in its first three days. The film was able to capitalize on the popularity of its source material and draw in a decent crowd, but it was probably hurt somewhat by the mixed word-of-mouth. While the marketing drew comparisons to the hit Gone Girl, the overall reaction of the two films were very different, which most likely limited its appeal. Those who weren’t fans of the book had little reason to rush out to the theater to see Girl on a Train. Still, this is a good haul for a movie that was budgeted at just $45 million. Globally, it’s already up to $41 million, so it should be financially successful.
It will be interesting to see what kind of legs Girl on a Train has during its theatrical run. The target demographic (adults) is going to have more options coming up, including The Accountant next week. Given that the response was not very enthusiastic, chances are it could take a hit in business in its second weekend. Though it won the weekend, the numbers make it difficult to say it was truly in demand, so this victory may have been more of a product of an uncompetitive marketplace than Girl on a Train‘s drawing power.
Last week’s champ, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, comes in second this week with $15 million. That’s a 48 percent drop-off from its debut, which is a decent hold. To date, Tim Burton’s latest has made $51 million domestically. Like most movies these days, it’s received a small boost from the international markets, as its worldwide total stands at $145 million.
In third is Deepwater Horizon. The disaster drama made $11.7 million in its second weekend, which is only a 41.9 percent decrease from its opening weekend figures. Director Peter Berg’s film has been one of the better-received offerings in the fall, and the positive response has encouraged cinephiles to check it out in theaters. It’s hard to call Deepwater Horizon a bona fide hit – especially since its budget was a pricy $110 million – but it’s making the most of its limited appeal. So far, it’s grossed $38.5 million in the States.
The #4 film is The Magnificent Seven with $9.1 million. Antoine Fuqua’s star-studded Western remake is now up to $75.9 million domestically.
Rounding out the top five is Storks, which brought in $8.4 million in its third weekend. The animated film now stands at $50.1 million domestically. Though it’s made its budget back when the international grosses are factored in, Warner Animation Group may not have another franchise to milk a la The LEGO Movie.
Opening in sixth this week is The Birth of a Nation (read our review), Nate Parker’s telling of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, with $7.1 million. While the film was positively received by most critics, its subject matter and the controversies surrounding Parker’s past diminished its commercial appeal. As we said in our box office prediction this week, it was unlikely Birth of a Nation would be a huge hit, but Fox Searchlight has to be disappointed with the turnout after spending $17.5 million to acquire the rights. With interest this low, it’s unlikely the film can turn things around in the coming weeks.
In seventh is the third new release of the week, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Due to a limited marketing campaign, the children’s book adaptation struggled with awareness and could only muster $6.9 million in its first three days.
Clint Eastwood’s Sully comes in eighth with $5.2 million. The biopic is now up to $113.4 million.
The #9 film is Masterminds, which made $4.1 million in its second weekend. The comedy raised its domestic total to $12.7 million.
Capping off the top ten is Queen of Katwe, which made $1.6 million during the weekend. Its Stateside total now stands at $5.3 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, October 10 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]