Monday Box Office Report: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN almost derails but manages to make it to the top

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Three new releases in the US this weekend past, but only one of them really has anything to crow about, and even then it was more due to a lackluster performance from everybody else as box office revenues dropped just under 9% from the same time last year. In the top spot was the Emily Blunt starring thriller The Girl On the Train, which debuted with $24.6 million – a figure less than initially predicted by pundits. Based on a global best selling novel phenomenon, it had a lot of buzz going into the weekend resulting in a very strong start. Unfortunately, people then started to realize that the movie was kind of – how do I put this? – crap, and saw its ticket sales decline over the next few days. It’s mid-range budget of $45 million will probably be its saving grace here though.

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And speaking of bad word of mouth, Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation caused quite the stir when the powerful drama first showed up on the film fest circuit earlier this year. That was before Parker became embroiled in ugly rape accusations. Since these charges were made public, and with the actor turned filmmaker often responding in a deplorable manner, sentiment to his film has most definitely soured. And with audiences seemingly not willing to give him their dollars, Birth of the Nation could only manage a 6th place worthy $7.1 million debut.

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Entering just behind Birth of a Nation was Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, a movie I had honestly never heard of until I started writing this article. The family comedy opened with $6.9 million, which in the grander scheme of things is pretty small fry. However, with just an $8.5 million budget it should still be good.

With these new entries, everything else on the charts basically just got pushed down a notch or two. Last week’s one-two combo of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Deepwater Horizon both saw their profits drop by about 50% since their first week. But while their drop may be the same, their box office fates aren’t as international audiences are embracing the fantasty spectacle of Miss Peregrine’s much more than the real world drama of Deepwater. Miss Peregrine’s currently has a global take of $145 million off a $110 million budget, while Deepwater is still a long way off from meeting its $110 million price tag as it’s only managed $66 million thus far.

Here’s what’s happening on the rest of the charts:

  • 01. The Girl On the Train – $24.66 million (NE)
  • 02. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – $15 million (LW: 1)
  • 03. Deepwater Horizon – $11.75 million (LW: 2)
  • 04. The Magnificent Seven – $9.15 million (LW: 3)
  • 05. Storks – $8.45 million (LW: 4)
  • 06. Birth of a Nation – $7.1 million (NE)
  • 07. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – $6.9 million (NE)
  • 08. Sully – $5.27 million (LW: 5)
  • 09. Masterminds – $4.1 million (LW: 6)
  • 10. Queen of Katwe – $1.61 million (LW: 7)

There was some interesting box office developments outside of the US top ten as well this weekend. It may have ended its run in the US quite some time back, but Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne is still busy making money overseas. And this weekend past its global revenue passed the $400 million mark, making it the second biggest film in the franchise behind The Bourne Ultimatum‘s $442 million. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the movie. It was very well-made, but felt like a completely pointless sequel that brought nothing new to the table. Well, except for a small mountain of money. I guess you could say the franchise has been re-Bourne.

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Elsewhere, Suicide Squad was also still busy making headlines. Proving that you don’t need universal love and acclaim to be successful, the divisive Warner Bros’ superhero film has now actually surpassed the much, much better reviewed R-rated Deadpool in global box office tally. Suicide Squad is currently sitting on $742.1 million, which is just a couple million short of that inflated $750 million mark some people were saying it needed to hit to be a success.

And in the final bit of old movie news, Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory has now officially become only the 27th movie in history to cross the billion dollar mark. It has been a gigantic year for Disney, as they take the top four spots in the box office race for 2016. Captain America: Civil War leads with $1.15 billion, followed by Zootopia with $1.02 billion, then comes Finding Dory with its $1 billion just ahead of The Jungle Book‘s $966 million.

Last Updated: October 10, 2016

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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