Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine tops the US box office

Tim Burton’s latest fantastical oddity, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, earned a hefty $28.5m at the US box office in its first weekend on release, but Peter Berg’s acclaimed disaster movie Deepwater Horizon, about the 2010 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, failed to attract an audience

In a crowded autumn weekend, Miss Peregrine came out on top. The 20th Century Fox release, adapted from Ransom Riggs’ popular young adult fantasy novel, cost $110m, meaning it will need a strong performance overseas, too. It started out with $36.5m in 59 markets, Burton’s best opening since Dark Shadows, in 2012.

Deepwater Horizon, starring Mark Wahlberg, cost at least $110m to produce, featuring a nearly life-size replica of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The Lionsgate release was well reviewed but managed only $20.6m.

Last week’s top film, The Magnificent Seven, slid to third with $15.7m in its second week. Disney’s uplifting chess prodigy tale Queen of Katwe, starring David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o, brought in a dismal $2.6m in its national expansion.

Originally slated for release in summer 2015, the Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig heist comedy Masterminds sat on the shelf for a year while its distributor, Relativity Media, went through chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It opened with a mediocre $6.6m.

Two other notable films opened in limited release, with plans for later expansion. Andrea Arnold’s road trip odyssey American Honey, with Shia LaBeouf and newcomer Sasha Lane, debuted with $75,370 on four screens. Denial, starring Rachel Weisz, opened with $102,101 on five screens.

Here at the full September 30-October 2 US box office estimates, as posted by Entertainment Weekly:

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – $28.5 million
  2. Deepwater Horizon – $20.6 million
  3. The Magnificent Seven – $15.7 million
  4. Storks – $13.8 million
  5. Sully – $8.4 million
  6. Masterminds – $6.6 million
  7. Queen of Katwe – $2.6 million
  8. Don’t Breathe – $2.4 million
  9. Bridget Jones’s Baby – $2.3 million
  10. Snowden – $2 million

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