Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ dominates with $24.7 million

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Underlining Ben Affleck’s star power, “The Accountant” dominated moviegoing with a plain $24.7 million opening weekend during 3,222 North American sites.

Sunday’s guess came in significantly above expectations, that had ranged from $18 million to $20 million during a start of a weekend.

Comedy unison film “Kevin Hart: What Now?” delivered about half of “The Accountant” sum with $12 million during 2,568 locations. But a entrance of sci-fi journey “Max Steel” was abandoned by moviegoers with $2.1 million during 2,034 screens for a gloomy $1,049 per-screen average.

Warner Bros.’ “The Accountant” took in $200,000 some-more than final weekend’s winner, “The Girl on a Train,” that non-stop with $24.5 million. The Emily Blunt thriller finished in a tie for second with “Kevin Hart: What Now?”

“The Accountant” carries a assuage $40 million cost tab with Affleck portraying an autistic math theorist and weapons consultant who cooks a books for rapist organizations. Gavin O’Connor leads from a book by Bill Dubuque. Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow also star. Prospects for holdover business are decent with an A CinemaScore, quite with 86% of business over 25.

“The Accountant” non-stop sensitively in 10 general markets with $2.8 million from 1,190 screens, led by $755,000 during 109 sites in Taiwan. It will open subsequent weekend in Brazil, Germany and Spain.

Warner-based Affleck has a clever lane record in dramas with 2010’s “The Town,” that grossed $154 million worldwide; 2012’s Best Picture Oscar leader “Argo,” with $232 million worldwide; and 2014’s “Gone Girl,” with $369 million worldwide. His Prohibition-era crime play “Live by Night” opens on Christmas and he’ll lapse as Batman in “Justice League” on Nov. 17, 2017.

“Kevin Hart: What Now?” is a demeanour during a final opening of his many new comedy tour, filmed in August, 2015, during Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field — and book-ended by James Bond-style travesty sequences in that Hart teams with Halle Berry as his constant though dismissive associate. Leslie Small and Tim Story directed.

The unison film is already a money-maker with prolongation costs underneath $10 million. Hart’s a proven performer in this genre with 2013’s “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” carrying grossed $32 million domestically.

Open Road is doing “Max Steel,” formed on Mattel’s line of movement sum and starring Ben Winchell of MTV’s “Finding Carter.” The film, constructed focuses on a teenage Max McGrath and visitor messenger Steel, who develop into a superhero Max Steel.

Fox’s third weekend of “Miss Perregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” finished fourth with $8.9 million during 3,538 locations, giving a Tim Burton anticipation $65.8 million after 17 days. Lionsgate’s third support of Mark Wahlberg disaster play “Deepwater Horizon” followed in fifth with $6.4 million during 3,403 sites for a $49.3 million domestic total.

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