Tim Burton‘s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” easily won the weekend box office, grossing $28.5 million from 3,522 theaters.
Made for $110 million (not counting marketing costs), the 20th Century Fox adventure-fantasy book adaptation will need strong second and third weekends domestically, along with good international play, to move into the black.
It has a 64 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and a B+ CinemaScore from those surveyed on opening night.
“Deepwater Horizon,” Peter Berg‘s true-life tale from Lionsgate and Summit grossed $20.6 million as it opened this weekend in 3,259 locations domestically, $2.7 million of that was from 373 IMAX screens.
Three-day projections increased by $2 million after the film took in $7.1 million during Friday screenings, giving it an easier time beating holdover “The Magnificent Seven” for second place.
The movie still has an uphill climb to justify its pricey production costs, which were reported to have surpassed $100 million.
Its 81 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, A- CinemaScore and all-star cast, led by Mark Wahlberg, help the prospects of “Deepwater Horizon.” Wahlberg movies have a history of besting initial estimates.
Rounding out the top five were two Warner Bros. movies: The animated feature “Storks” came in fourth place, earning an estimated $13.8 million in its second weekend, and “Sully” was fifth with $8.4 million in its fourth week in theaters. (See the top five list below.)
This weekend’s third new wide release is the Kristen Wiig and Zack Galifianakis comedy “Masterminds,” which has seen its release date pushed back multiple times in the last few years due to the financial troubles of its distributor, Relativity. The movie grossed $6.6 million from 2,170 locations, according to ComScore. That’s much lower than projections of $11 million made earlier last week.
The comedy has a low Rotten Tomatoes score of 39 percent and a B- CinemaScore.
Directed by Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”), “Masterminds” is based on a real heist that happened in the late 1990s. The Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina — also known as the Hillbilly Heist — was the second-largest cash theft on U.S. soil at the time.
The PG-13 “Miss Peregrine,” starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Samuel L. Jackson, centers on an alternate world discovered by Jacob (Butterfield) wherein its children have mind-boggling powers. It was produced by Chernin Entertainment.
“Deepwater Horizon” is the cinematic dramatization of the offshore drilling rig disaster of April 2010, in which nearly a dozen people died and marked the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
The Top Five:
1. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (20th Century Fox) — $28.5 million in Week 1 ($28.5 million total)
2. “Deepwater Horizon” (Lionsgate) — $20.6 million in Week 1 ($20.6 million total)
3. “The Magnificent Seven” (Sony) — $15.7 million in Week 2 ($61.6 million total)
4. “Storks” (Warner Bros.) — $13.8 million in Week 2 ($38.8 million total)
5. “Sully” (Warner Bros.) — $8.4 million in Week 4 ($105.4 million total)