Box Office: ‘The Girl on the Train’ Trudges Along Towards $25M Debut

"The Girl on the Train" (2016) - Box Office

‘The Girl on the Train’ Underperforms, Still Claims Top Spot

The Girl on the Train wasn’t exactly the October breakout film that many were expecting. Still, the Emily Blunt thriller debuted on top this weekend with an estimated $24.7 million.

Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train was being hyped as this year’s Gone Girl. If that would’ve panned out completely, we would’ve had our big October hit. Mixed reviews didn’t help matters at all. A debut under $25 million isn’t a complete derailment. Still, it’s disappointing compared to other book-to-screen adaptations. The best The Girl on the Train can hope for right now is a finish around $70 million.

After reclaiming the top spot for the first time in six years, Tim Burton quickly dropped to second after one week. In its second weekend, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children brought in another $15 million. After 10 days, Miss Peregrine cracked $51 million after a decent 48% drop. With no direct competition, the declines could level out a bit more in the coming weeks. If that’s the case, then a finish around $80 million is surely possible. That would make it Burton’s highest grossing film since Alice in Wonderland.

Mark Wahlberg’s Deepwater Horizon continues to hold strong, grossing $11.8 million over the weekend. Down an impressive 42%, Deepwater Horizon held on par with Lone Survivor’s second weekend in 2014. Though with the Harry Potter Marathon taking over IMAX screens this coming week, one has to wonder how much money will be lost next weekend. $60 million seem possible at the point, leaving the oil spill drama with a 3x multiplier.

Down one spot from last weekend, The Magnificent Seven grossed another $9.2 million in its third frame. The Magnificent Seven held much better this weekend, dropping 41%. That’s a solid improvement over its 55% sophomore decline a week ago. The ride to the century mark remains a challenge. It did perform better in its third weekend than Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer. However, it trails by $4 million. We’ll see how the coming weeks play out, since The Girl on the Train didn’t deliver much damage.

Rounding out the charts this weekend is Storks. The animated Warner Bros. film dropped 37%, pulling in another $8.5 million. After three weeks in theaters, Storks currently sits at $50 million. And with no animated films debuting until Trolls in November, $65-70 million remains a possibility.

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

#1 – The Girl on the Train (NR)
$24.7 million / $24.7 million total

#2 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (1)
$15.0 million / $51.1 million total

#3 – Deepwater Horizon (2)
$11.8 million / $38.5 million total

#4 – The Magnificent Seven (3)
$9.2 million  / $75.9 million total

#5 – Storks (4)
$8.5 million / $50.1 million total

Opening Next Week: The Accountant, Kevin Hart: What Now?, Max Steel

Source: Box Office Mojo

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