Box Office: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ Dominates With $24.7 Million
October 21, 2016 - Finding Carter
Underlining Ben Affleck’s star power, “The Accountant” dominated moviegoing with a plain $24.7 million opening weekend during 3,222 North American sites.
Sunday’s guess came in significantly above expectations, that had ranged from $18 million to $20 million during a start of a weekend.
Comedy unison film “Kevin Hart: What Now?” delivered about half of “The Accountant’s” sum with $12 million during 2,568 locations. But a entrance of sci-fi journey “Max Steel” was abandoned by moviegoers with $2.2 million during 2,034 screens for a gloomy $1,064 per-screen average.
Warner Bros.’ “The Accountant” took in $200,000 some-more than final weekend’s winner, “The Girl on a Train,” which non-stop with $24.5 million. The Emily Blunt thriller, constructed by DreamWorks, finished in a tie for second with “Kevin Hart: What Now?” Universal is distributing both “Kevin Hart” and “The Girl on a Train.”
“The Accountant” carries a assuage $40 million cost tab with Affleck portraying an autistic math theorist and weapons consultant who cooks a books for rapist organizations. Gavin O’Connor leads from a book by Bill Dubuque. Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow also star.
Prospects for holdover business are splendid with an A CinemaScore, quite with 86% of a business in a over-25 demographic. “That is a pivotal assembly and a 5% benefit in Friday-to-Saturday business shows that there’s a lot of seductiveness in this film,” pronounced Jeff Goldstein, Warner’s domestic placement president.
“The Accountant” non-stop sensitively in ten international markets with $2.8 million from 1,190 screens, led by $755,000 during 109 sites in Taiwan. It will open subsequent weekend in Brazil, Germany, and Spain.
Warner-based Affleck has a clever lane record in dramas with 2010’s “The Town,” that grossed $154 million worldwide; 2012’s best design Oscar leader “Argo,” with $232 million worldwide; and 2014’s “Gone Girl,” with $369 million worldwide. His Prohibition-era crime play “Live by Night” opens on Christmas and he’ll lapse as Batman in “Justice League” on Nov. 17, 2017.
“Kevin Hart: What Now?” is a demeanour during a final opening of his many new comedy tour, filmed in August, 2015, during Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field before 50,000 attendees — and book-ended by James Bond-style travesty sequences in that Hart teams with Halle Berry as his constant though dismissive associate. Leslie Small and Tim Story directed.
The unison film is already a money-maker with prolongation costs underneath $10 million. Hart’s a proven performer in this genre with 2013’s “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” carrying grossed $32 million domestically.
Nick Carpou, conduct of Universal’s domestic distribution, remarkable Hart has been in 4 cinema this year for a studio with “Ride Along 2,” “Central Intelligence, “Secret Life of Pets” and “What Now?” “He works so tough and kind of defines what comedy is now so we’re awaiting really good business in entrance weeks,” he added.
Open Road is doing “Max Steel,” formed on Mattel’s line of movement sum and starring Ben Winchell of MTV’s “Finding Carter.” The film focuses on a teenage Max McGrath and visitor messenger Steel, who develop into a superhero Max Steel.
Fox’s third weekend of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” finished fourth with $8.9 million during 3,538 locations, giving a Tim Burton anticipation $65.8 million after 17 days. Lionsgate’s third support of Mark Wahlberg disaster play “Deepwater Horizon” followed in fifth with $6.4 million during 3,403 sites for a $49.3 million domestic total.
Warner’s fourth weekend of “Storks” finished sixth with $5.6 million, followed by a fourth support of Sony-MGM’s “The Magnificent Seven” during $5.2 million, a second weekend of Liosngate’s “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” with $4.3 million and Warner’s sixth weekend of “Sully” with $3 million, lifting a Tom Hanks film past $118 million — a best opening of a tumble so far.
The weekend did not shake a altogether business out of a tumble sadness with an altogether sum of $97 million — down from $122.9 million final year and $131.8 million in 2014. Business given Labor Day is down about 16% to $807 million, according to Paul Dergarabedian, comparison media researcher during comScore.
The final 3 Octobers saw releases that significantly over-performed expectations, Dergarabedian noted, with “Gravity” in 2013, “Gone Girl” in 2014 and “The Martian” in 2015.
“We keep watchful for a break-out strike though it hasn’t come,” he added. “The Presidential choosing might be ludicrous attention, given that it’s distinct any other choosing in a history.”
Fox Searchlight’s “The Birth of a Nation” wound adult in 10th with a 61% decrease to $2.7 million during 2,105 sites for a 10-day sum of $12.2 million. The disastrous greeting in new months to a 1999 rape box involving executive and star Nate Parker (who was acquitted) has expected singular a interest of a chronological drama.
STX Entertainment’s thriller “Desierto” saw decent earnings with $450,000 on 73 screens for a per shade normal of $6,164. Key cities where a film launched enclosed Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Miami, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, San Diego, Phoenix and San Francisco.
STX pronounced it’s looking during expanding “Desierto, that is Mexico’s central entrance for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards, in a entrance weeks. Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star and Jonas Cuaron leads a story of Mexican immigrants being murdered in a Southern California desert.