Box Office: 'Miss Peregrine' Overpowers 'Deepwater Horizon' With $28M Debut

1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (review here)- $28.5M
Well this is a peculiar little surprise. Tim Burton's latest oddity of an adaptation, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, opened with a strong $28.5M. With the $36.5M it's earned overseas that's $65M for what looks like a Gothic take on the young X-Men. Coincidentally, 20th Century Fox is the studio behind this, as well, joined by co-writer Jane Goldman who wrote X-Men: First Class with Matthew Vaughn. And that does appear to be the audience they were going for all along. Asa Butterfield stars as a seemingly normal boy who discovers a home populated by kids with unusual powers. There aren't a ton of big names here but Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson probably put a few butts in seats. At a budget of roughly $110M this could turn out to be one of Burton's most successful recent efforts.
2. Deepwater Horizon (review here)- $20.6M
The reviews were great for Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg's latest collab, Deepwater Horizon, but that didn't necessarily translate in ticket sales. The disaster film, about the 2010 oil rig explosion and BP oil spill, earned $20.6M domestically plus another $12M overseas. That's okay but not great for the $110M feature, especially when you look at the wealth of talent up and down the cast. Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson (the first screen pairing of the father/daughter duo), Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O'Brien, and John Malkovich play some of the men and women who fought to survive those tragic events.  And maybe it's the "tragic" aspect that kept audiences away. Everyone knows the story of the worst man-made disaster in our history, and few would want to relive it. A shame because it's a better movie than Berg and Wahlberg's Lone Survivor, which went on to hit $150M.
3. The Magnificent Seven- $15.7M/$61.6M
The second weekend wasn't so magnificent for The Magnificent Seven, falling $55% for $15.7M. Chances are the arrival of Deepwater Horizon had a lot to do with the tumble, along with the better-than-expected performance of 'Miss Peregrine'. Overall the Denzel Washington-led Western has $108M worldwide.
4. Storks- $13.8M/$38.8M
5. Sully- $8.4M/$105.3M
With Oscars buzz building for Tom Hanks, Sully continues to soar. The Clint Eastwood-directed drama about Captain Chesley Sullenberger of the "Miracle On the Hudson" fell only 37%, moving past $100M stateside with $8.4M. Globally it's earned $151M.
6. Masterminds (review here)- $6.6M
The forever-delayed heist comedy Masterminds has a killer cast of Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Did anybody care? Nope. The film earned $6.6M despite opening in over 3000 theaters. It's the second straight post-bankruptcy fail for Relativity Media, and isn't crap like this how they got there in the first place?
7. Queen of Katwe (review here)- $2.6M/$3M
Moving its chess piece into the top 10 is the chess drama Queen of Katwe, which has earned some of the year's best reviews. The film stars newcomer Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and tells the true, inspirational story of a poor Ugandan girl who becomes a chess champion. An expansion of nearly 2000 theaters brought in only $2.6M, though, which is disappointing because this is the kind of movie everyone says they want to see more of. Good on Disney and ESPN for going in on this $15M picture, and eventually I think it's going to end up doing well.
8. Don't Breathe- $2.37M/$84.7M
9. Bridget Jones's Baby- $2.33M/$20.9M
10. Snowden- $2M/$18.7M