The Psychological thriller The Girl on the Train starring Emily Blunt, brought in $24.7 million this weekend, putting it at the top of North American box office sales. With the $16 million the movie has already banked internationally it’s close to catching up to its $45 million, but won’t be earning any surprise profits for Universal.
Opened in Sixth Place on the chart Nate Parker’s The Birth of Nation debuted with $ 7.1 million against $ 10 million production budget for a relatively solid if quiet sixth place start.
Based on the first of a series of novels from James Patterson, Children’s comedy Middle School-The Worst Years of My Life, opened in seventh place with an estimated $6.9m. Director Steve Carr cranked out the comedy for just $8.5 million, much lower than his other more successful (financially, not cinematically) projects, which include Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Daddy Day Care
Disney’s Queen of Katwe, the best movie in the top ten that no one is seeing, slipped back from seventh place to tenth after expanding to wide release last weekend. Domestically it has only earned $5 million against its $15 million budget.
Estimated top 10 North America October 7-9, 2016
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (-) The Girl on the Train (Universal) Mr. Smith Entertainment $24.7m –
2 (1) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Fox) Fox International $15m $51.1m
3 (2) Deepwater Horizon (Lionsgate) Lionsgate International $11.8m $38.5m
4 (3) The Magnificent Seven (Columbia) Sony Pictures Releasing International/ MGM $9.2m $75.9m
5 (4) Storks (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Pictures Animation $8.4m $50.1m
6 (-) The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight) Fox International $7.1m –
7 (-) Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (CBS Films/Lionsgate) CBS Films $6.9m –
8 (5) Sully (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Pictures International $5.3m $113.5m
9 (6) Masterminds (Relativity) $4.1m $12.8m
10 (7) Queen Of Katwe (Buena Vista) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International $1.6m $5.4m