Box Office: Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’ Pulls in Positively Peculiar $28M

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (2016) - Weekend Box Office

‘Miss Peregrine’ Returns to Burton Back on Top of Box Office

After a couple years of mediocre box office runs, Tim Burton is back this weekend at number one. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children topped the charts this weekend with an estimated $28.5 million.

For the third straight year in a row YA adaptations have scored in September. After the two Maze Runner films and now Miss Peregrine, this is becoming a prime season for the genre. Miss Peregrine marks Burton’s biggest opener since Dark Shadows in 2012. It’s also his first time atop the box office since 2010 with Alice in Wonderland. Frankenweenie and Big Eyes both underperformed despite decent reviews. But if Miss Peregrine continues to hold in coming weeks, we could be looking at an $80 million finish. That would at least be on-par with Dark Shadows.

Mark Wahlberg’s Deepwater Horizon took second place this weekend. Opening with $20.6 million, it’s a massive dip from Lone Survivor, also starring Wahlberg. Though Deepwater Horizon scored higher reviews and debuted in IMAX, the crowd just wasn’t as big. Positive reviews, however, shouldn’t stop a strong multiplier leading to a $70 million run.

After claiming the top spot last weekend, The Magnificent Seven dropped two spots to third. The Antoine Fuqua film fell 55% in its sophomore frame to $15.7 million. That’s going to hurt its chances at $100 million in the coming weeks. With The Girl on the Train, The Accountant and Jack Reacher 2 on deck, it’s no easy ride. Seven will need sub 50% drops every week like Fuqua’s The Equalizer to push it over.

Storks also dropped two spots this weekend. In fourth place, the animated Warner Bros. film pulled in $13.8 million, dipping 35%. Beside Queen of Katwe’s +755% expansion, that’s the best drop for top releases this frame. Without any animated competition until DreamWorks’ Trolls in early November, Storks could have a modest run ahead. $60-70 million is still in play.

In what should be its last stay in the Top 5, Sully grossed another $8.4 million. The Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks collaboration became the first film since Suicide Squad to cross $100 million. This is also Hanks’ 19th film in his career to crack the milestone. If it continues to drop 37-38% as it has the last few weeks, Sully may wind up with $125 million.

Miss Peregrine matched my prediction this past Thursday, while Deepwater Horizon debuted a few notches lower.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (NR)
$28.5 million / $28.5 million total

#2 – Deepwater Horizon (NR)
$20.6 million / $20.6 million total

#3 – The Magnificent Seven (1)
$15.7 million / $61.6 million total

#4 – Storks (2)
$13.8 million  / $38.8 million total

#5 – Sully (3)
$8.4 million / $105.4 million total

Opening Next Week: The Girl on the Train, The Birth of a Nation, Middle School

Source: Box Office Mojo

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