HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 17, 2016 — Ben Affleck’s new film, “The Accountant,” did better than expected for its debut weekend. The film, which co-stars Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons, pulled in an estimated $24.7 million. The thriller took home an additional $2.8 million overseas, bringing its first-weekend tally to $27.5 million.
Opening in second place was “Kevin Hart: What Now?,” starring comedian Kevin Hart. The documentary/stand-up comedy film brought home an estimated $11.984 million and now holds the record for the biggest opening for a stand-up comedy film, according to Box Office Mojo.
Dropping two notches to third place is “The Girl on the Train,” starring Emily Blunt. The mystery/thriller pulled in an estimated $11.974 million its second weekend in release. The numbers are so close to Kevin Hart’s film that these two movies could trade places after the final totals are examined Monday.
In fourth place is the fantasy film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” starring Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson. The film earned an estimated $8.9 million its third weekend in theaters domestically. “Miss Peregrine’s” has a worldwide total of $196.7 million.
Rounding out the top five films is “Deepwater Horizon,” bringing home an estimated $6.3 million over the weekend. The film, starring Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell and Mark Wahlberg, has earned $77.0 million globally since opening Sept. 30.
And a note about the controversial film “The Birth of a Nation,” directed by Nate Parker. The historical film, which debuted last weekend has dropped from sixth place to 10th place, bringing in an estimated $2.7 million. The film, however, has made a domestic total of $12.2 million in its two weeks in release.