Since his career found its second wind a few years back, Ben Affleck has been unstoppable. Even when the movies he stars in are middling (see: Runner Runner) or divisive (see: Batman v Superman), Affleck himself always brings the goods. And it’s paid off. Paid around $24.7 million in the latest case, as The Accountant entered at the top of the US box office charts on its debut this weekend past. The Gavin O’Connor directed thriller about a maths savant with ties to organized crime – and a penchant for really big sniper rifles – has been dividing critics right down the middle, but US audiences seem to love it, giving it an “A” Cinemascore. And a whole bunch of their money, of course as it exceeded the $15-20 million industry predictions.
Though not really a feature film, the only new release on the top 10 this weekend past was the Kevin Hart stand up comedy concert movie Kevin Hart: What Now? The standup special opened to just short of $12 million dollars, which obviously not much for a normal Kevin Hart movie. As a comedy concert film that cost just $10 million to make though, this must have Hart laughing all the way to the bank. It was also just enough to stop last week’s no.1, The Girl On the Train, from holding on to second place.
Meanwhile, just about nobody expected Max Steel, the live-action feature film adaptation of the Mattel toy line and numerous cartoon series, to be a great movie. But that type of shiny all-ages escapism with a built-in fan base would probably still make some decent money, right? Wrong. Very very very wrong. Max Steel bombed hard at the US box office, struggling to barely even scratch together $2.1 million. Now earlier I said that What Now? was the only other new release on the top 10 this weekend past, and my wording of that was very specific, as Max Steel couldn’t even crack the rankings. Ouch.
Here’s what’s happening on the rest of the charts:
- 01. The Accountant – $24.71 million (NE)
- 02. Kevin Hart: What Now? – $11.98 million (NE)
- 03. The Girl On the Train – $11.97 million (LW: 1)
- 04. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – $8.90 million (LW: 2)
- 05. Deepwater Horizon – $6.35 million (LW: 3)
- 06. Storks – $5.60 million (LW: 5)
- 07. The Magnificent Seven – $5.20 million (LW: 4)
- 08. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – $4.25 million (LW: 7)
- 09. Sully – $2.96 million (LW: 8)
- 10. Birth of a Nation – $2.71 million (LW: 6)
While all of this was happening in the States, Inferno – director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks’ third Dan Brown novel adaptation – opened in some foreign markets two weeks ahead of its domestic debut. And it would seem Hank’s Robert Langdon keeps being able to crack the puzzle of how to make money despite these movies not being very good. Like The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Inferno has had a very chilly reception from critics, but just like those films, it opened strong taking $50 million in the international market. The film only sports half of Angels & Demons‘ $150 million production budget, so this movie is looking to even be more profitable than its predecessors.
(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)
Last Updated: October 17, 2016