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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children tops US box office

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Story by Jack Foley

TIM Burton’s fantasy adventure Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has topped the US box office with $28.5 million.

The film easily blew away the competition posed by Mark Wahlberg’s oil rig disaster drama Deepwater Horizon, which came second with $20.6 million. Both films did better than pre-release tracking suggested.

Miss Peregrine‘s success marks a personal victory for director Burton, who was making his return to the blockbuster stage for the first time since his ill-fated Dark Shadows in 2012, which debuted to $29 million in the heart of summer against a cost $150 million to make.

Adapted from Ransom Riggs’ bestselling YA novel about a young boy (Asa Butterfield) who travels to an island in Wales and meets Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and the orphaned children who possess magical powers, the film then proceeds to follow the boy as he comes to discover the realm’s ties to his own family.

In a further boost, Miss Peregrine also topped the foreign chart with $36.5 for a global total of $65 million. It means it is well placed to recoup, and even surpass, its the $110 million it cost to make.

Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson commented: “Tim Burton’s creative touch and his original take on a bestselling book resonated with its target audience and has delivered something that younger moviegoers are seeking out.”

Back in the US, the success of Deepwater Horizon – both commercially and critically – means that Peter Berg’s true life story about the worst ecological disaster in US history is well placed to enjoy a steady run.

Given its US theme and tough storyline, the film struggled a little more overseas where it took $12.4 million. However, it did perform well in the Middle East with $1.5 million, a huge number that region.

Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven fell to third in its second weekend after topping the chart last weekend.

The Western, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, took $15.7 million for a US total of $61.6 million.

Animated movie Storks and box-office hit Sully, starring Tom Hanks, rounded out the US top five with $13.8 million and $8.4 million, respectively.

The Clint Eastwood directed Sully jumped the $100 million mark in its fourth weekend.

Of the weekend’s other new releases, Zach Galifianakis comedy Masterminds only managed a sixth-place finish with a dismal $6 million, while Disney’s awards-tipped chess drama Queen of Katwe also struggled despite widespread critical acclaim, earning $2.6 million for a US total of $3 million.

Queen of Katwe, which will be at this year’s London Film Festival, is directed by Mira Nair and stars Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga and David Oyelowo.

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