HOLLYWOOD—Well, I was wrong. I was certain that “The Magnificent Seven” would maintain its grip at the top spot at the box-office this weekend, but it was several new flicks that knocked the Western remake down a few pegs. The film adaptation of the popular book “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” used its wizardry powers to climb to the top spot earning $28.9 million.
Landing in second place was the Mark Wahlberg drama “Deepwater Horizon” with $20.2 million. That debut far exceeded the expectations that I expected at the box-office. While a solid debut, the movie still has plenty of earnings to recoup that $100 million plus budget it took to make the movie. “The Magnificent Seven” dropped to third place adding $15.7 million to its tally. After less than 2 weeks in theaters, the Western has earned over $60 million at the domestic box-office.
Nabbing fourth place was the animated flick “Storks” with another $13.5 million to bring its domestic tally just a mere million from the $40 million mark. Rounding out the top five was the drama “Sully” with another $8.3 million. With recent box-office receipts the Clint Eastwood drama has now crossed over the $100 million mark at the domestic box-office. Unfortunately, two new releases, “Queen of Katwe” and “Masterminds” failed to impress moviegoers. “Queen of Katwe” earned a dismal $2.5 million, while “Masterminds” only managed $6.5 million.
This weekend kicks off Oscar-season in my opinion as the highly anticipated “The Birth of a Nation” and “The Girl on the Train” both invade theaters. Looks like both are solid contenders for all moviegoers this weekend.