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Jack Reacher, Madea Lift Box office a Little

By John Hamann

October 23, 2016

Does this make Madea a Final Girl?

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With all of this new product, Ben Affleck’s The Accountant moves from number one to number four in only one weekend. The Accountant earned $14 million, off 43% compared to last weekend (anything above a 50% drop is a win). With a $44 million budget, The Accountant has now picked up $47.9 million stateside and $10.2 million overseas. Like the Jack Reacher movie, smart financing is going to pay off here, as The Accountant should see $90 million stateside and will likely at least match that internationally.

The Girl on the Train is fifth, and after a $12.2 million frame last weekend, the Emily Blunt starrer has another decent weekend. The thriller earned another $7.3 million and dropped 41%. This Universal effort was made for $45 million (plus what had to be a huge ad budget) and has a gross to date of $58.9 million. Add another $45 million overseas, and this is easily heading toward profitability.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children drops to sixth. The Tim Burton film earned another $6 million and fell 33% from its $9 million gross last weekend. The $110 million family film has now earned $74.4 million stateside and has eclipsed the $220 million mark worldwide.

New release Keeping Up With the Joneses is a sad seventh this weekend, as somehow a film with Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, Gal Godot and Isla Fisher did not work with critics or at the box office despite a ton of talent. Joneses earned only $5.6 million for Fox, and has a box office result as bad as its reviews, which came in at a distasteful 17% fresh. The B- Cinemascore taps it all off, and this one will likely disappear quite quickly.




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Eighth is Kevin Hart: What Now?, as the concert film falls dramatically as it finished third last weekend. The box office is just as bad. After opening to $11.8 million last weekend, What Now falls a nasty 65%, earning only $4.1 million this weekend. Made for only $10 million, this one is all of a sudden in trouble after a strong opening frame. It has a gross to date of $18.9 million.

Ninth is Storks, the animated release that hasn’t exactly lit a fire at the box office. This weekend, Storks earned another $4.1 million and declined 28%. The total for Storks has hit $64.7 million stateside, and it is going to need more than the $83 million it has earned so far overseas, because it cost $70 million to make before marketing.

Landing in tenth is Deepwater Horizon, Mark Wahlberg’s drill station action movie (that failed). The $110 million film could find only $3.6 million (dropping 43%), as it struggles to get its domestic tally up to $55.3 million. Overseas won’t help, as that total has not hit $40 million despite being out to most markets already.

Overall, the box office trend is finally broken this weekend. The top 12 films earned $113.9 million, ahead of last year’s $95 million tally, when The Martian was on top in its fourth weekend. Next weekend will be interesting for two reasons: Inferno, the latest in the DaVinci Code series opens on 3,400 screens. With Halloween coming on Monday, will we see a huge hold for Ouija and Boo! next weekend? I wouldn’t count on it.


Top Ten for Weekend of
Rank
Film
Distributor
Estimated Gross (millions)
Weekly Change
Running Total (millions)
1 Boo! A Madea Halloween Lionsgate 27.6 New 27.6
2 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Paramount 23.0 New 23.0
3 Ouija: Origin of Evil Universal 14.1 New 14.1
4 The Accountant Warner Bros. 14.0 -43% 47.9
5 The Girl on the Train Universal 7.3 -41% 58.9
6 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 20th Century Fox 6.0 -33% 74.4
7 Keeping Up With the Joneses 20th Century Fox 5.6 New 5.6
8 Kevin Hart: What Now? Universal 4.1 -65% 18.9
9 Storks Warner Bros. 4.1 -28% 64.7
10 Deepwater Horizon Lionsgate 3.6 -43% 55.3
11 The Magnificent Seven Sony 2.4 -55% 89.1
12 Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Lionsgate 2.3 -48% 17.0

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