The Accountant tops the US box office

Ben Affleck’s new thriller The Accountant opened to a chart-topping $24.7m this weekend, according to studio estimates.

Gavin O’Connor directed the R-rated thriller, starring Affleck as an autistic mathematician. The film didn’t play especially well with critics but audiences, who were 58% male and 68% over the age of 35, gave it a promising A CinemaScore.

The weekend’s other new star-driven project, Kevin Hart: What Now? narrowly took second place over last week’s champ, The Girl on the Train. The Kevin Hart concert film, which Universal Pictures distributed, took in $11.98m. The comedian’s 2013 concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain opened to a similar $10m.

In third place, The Girl on the Train netted $11.975m for Universal, bringing its domestic total to $46.6m. With such a minuscule difference, the Universal films could easily switch places when final numbers come in on Monday.

Holdovers Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and Deepwater Horizon rounded out the top five with $8.9m and $6.4m respectively.

The weekend’s other new opener, the Mattel-inspired Max Steel, bombed with only $2.2m. Open Road distributed the film starring Ben Winchell, which currently has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Check out the Oct. 14-16 weekend estimates below:

1. The Accountant – $24.7 million
2. Kevin Hart: What Now? – $11.98 million
3. The Girl on the Train – $11.97 million
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – $8.9 million
5. Deepwater Horizon – $6.4 million
6. Storks – $5.6 million
7. The Magnificent Seven – $5.2 million
8. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – $4.2 million
9. Sully – $2.9 million
10. The Birth of a Nation – $2.7 million

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