'Miss Peregrine' and 'Deepwater Horizon' Top Weekend Box Office
by Brad Brevet
October 2, 2016
This weekend ultimately turned out very much as expected with Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Lionsgate's Deepwater Horizon debuting in the #1 and #2 spots respectively. Fellow new opener, Relativity's Masterminds, was unable to score in the double-digit millions in its debut and Disney's Queen of Katwe fell short in its expansion. Overall the weekend saw an uptick from last weekend, but was still down compared to last year with the top twelve generating an estimated $106.4 million compared to last year's $142.7 million, which was led by The Martian's $54.3 million debut.
Finishing #1, Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children delivered an estimated $28.5 million in its opening weekend from 3,522 theaters. The film received a "B+" CinemaScore and currently holds a so-so 64% on RottenTomatoes, both of which may have contributed to the film being unable to quite reach $30 million for its opening weekend.
Looking ahead, audiences under the age of 25 gave the film an "A-" CinemaScore with the overall audience breakdown coming in at 41% male vs 59% female and 51% of all audience members were under the age of 25. All things considered, a run that ends around $75 million or so seems most likely, though if it's able to deliver a strong hold next weekend that number could increase.
Internationally, the film premiered with an estimated $36.5 million from 59 markets delivering a $65 million worldwide debut. This opening includes an estimated $5.19 million in South Korea, $4.5 million in the UK, $3.8 million in Mexico, $3.1 million in Australia and $1.7 million in the Philippines. Miss Peregrine expands into 20 new markets next weekend including top markets France, Russia, Germany and India.
Coming in second, Deepwater Horizon grossed an estimated $20.6 million from 3,259 theaters. The film also earned an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and holds an 82%, "Certified Fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes. Based on this opening a domestic run around $70-75 million seems likely.
Deepwater Horizon also debuted with $12.4 million internationally from 52 markets, only three of which were major markets. The opening was led by the UK where it took in an estimated $2.6 million. Territories in the Middle East opened to an estimated $1.5 million, followed by Russia where it brought in an estimated $1.2 million, finishing second behind local title The Duelist ($2.4m). Deepwater expands further next weekend including openings in Australia and Italy on October 6.
Third and fourth place belong to a pair of holdovers beginning with Sony's The Magnificent Seven, which dropped a little more than expected, falling 54.8% and bringing in an estimated $15.7 million. The film's cume now stands at $61.6 million. WB's animated feature Storks finished in fourth, dropping 35% and delivering an estimated $13.8 million as its cume now stands at $38.8 million.
Rounding out the top five, WB's Sully dropped only 38% in its fourth weekend, bringing in an estimated $8.4 million as its cume now stands at $105.3 million. This marks the 14th live action film Tom Hanks has starred in to gross over $100 million domestically and the fifth film Clint Eastwood has directed to top the century mark domestically.
Getting back to the week's new releases, Relativity's long-delayed ensemble comedy Masterminds finished outside the top five with an estimated $6.6 million from 3,042 theaters. The sixth place finish for Masterminds places it just ahead of Disney's Queen of Katwe, which expanded into 1,242 theaters (+1,190) and delivered an estimated $2.6 million.
In limited release, Fox International's release of M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story debuted in 256 theaters with an estimated $1.2 million, which is right on par with 2014's Bang Bang, which opened with $1.27 million from 271 theaters and finished with $2.54 million. Dhoni also brought in $14.5 million internationally, 98% of which comes from its release in India where it brought in an estimated $14.25 million.
China Lion's I Belonged to You brought in an estimated $325,000 from 50 theaters ($6,500 PTA); Bleecker Street's Denial debuted in five theaters with an estimated $102,101 ($20,420 PTA); A24's American Honey opened with $75,370 in four theaters ($18,843 PTA); Music Box's A Man Called Ove brought in an estimated $61,000 from nine theaters ($6,777 PTA) ; Harry & Snowman brought in an estimated $55,000 from 18 theaters ($3,056 PTA); and Do Not Resist opened with an estimated $7,150 from one theater.
Finally, Disney is about to have its third $1 billion worldwide earner as Finding Dory now ranks 27th all-time worldwide and has passed Despicable Me 2 to become the fifth highest grossing animated title of all-time globally. Disney currently holds the top four worldwide releases of 2016, two of which—Captain America: Civil War and Zootopia—have already topped $1 billion.
Next weekend Fox Searchlight will debut the Oscar hopeful The Birth of a Nation into ~2,000 theaters, Universal will debut The Girl on the Train in 3,000+ theaters and Lionsgate will release Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life in ~2,600 theaters.
For a look at this weekend's estimated results click here and we'll be updating the charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.
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