Fox’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” conjured up $1.2 million during Thursday night previews at 3,000 locations.
Following a recent string of underperforming films at the box office from Tim Burton — notably “Big Eyes” and “Frankenweenie” — “Miss Peregrine’s” could serve as at least partial redemption for the director as it heads toward a solid $30 million opening weekend. The film carries a $110 million production price tag and will open to 3,522 locations starting Friday.
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” produced by Chernin Entertainment, TGS and Tim Burton Productions, is based on a novel by Ransom Riggs in which a 16-year-old named Jake is forced to move to a mysterious island where he meets the titular Miss Peregrine. Jane Goldman wrote the film adaptation which stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.
According to Fandango, the film is outselling other recent adaptations of YA novels “The Maze Runner” and its sequel. “With the Halloween season upon us, film fans are on the hunt for these kinds of delightfully ghoulish tales,” said Fandango’s managing editor Erik Davis.
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg’s collaboration “Deepwater Horizon” from Lionsgate made $860,000 at over 2,4000 locations on Thursday. The film is based on the true story of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson also star in the film distributed by Summit Entertainment. The film is a joint production between Participant, Di Bonaventura, Closest to the Hole and Leverage Entertainment.
Relativity’s long-delayed comedy “Masterminds” starring Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig also opens this weekend. Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” will expand from 52 theaters last weekend to 1,252 this weekend. “The Magnificent Seven” and “Storks” return for second weekends that will most likely keep both films in the top five. “American Honey” and “Denial” will open in limited release. This time last year Matt Damon’s “The Martian” topped the box office with $54 million.