Fox’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” has cast a spell on audiences, as it leads Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” at this weekend’s box office following Friday matinee totals.
“Miss Peregrine’s” is aiming for a $9 million Friday, and an opening weekend in the $25 million-$27 million range at 3,522 locations. Meanwhile, “Deepwater Horizon” should make about $6.5 million Friday and $18 million-$20 million total over the weekend.
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” produced by Chernin Entertainment, TGS, and Tim Burton Prods., 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.
Tim Burton directed the film with a $110 million production price tag, coming off of a string of under-performing films at the box office including “Big Eyes” and “Frankenweenie.”
“Deepwater Horizon,” a collaboration between actor Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, 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 among 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. It is estimated to bring in $2 million on Friday and $4 million-$6 million during its opening weekend — a disappointing outing for the studio, which recently recovered from bankruptcy.
Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” will expand from 52 theaters last weekend to 1,252 this weekend. It should make between $2 million and $4 million. “The Magnificent Seven” and “Storks” return for second weekends, with the former estimated at about $12 million after leading the box office last week with $34.7 million. “American Honey” and “Denial” will open in limited release.