Box Office Results: 'The Accountant', 'Kevin Hart' and 'Max Steel'
Missed all three this week, but I will say that I was pretty close on two of them. The Accountant turned out to be a bit of an over-performer, while Kevin Hart: What Now? came in a smidge above my expectations and Max Steel absolutely cratered.
The Accountant (WB)
Predicted: $20 million
Actual: $25 million
I guess Ben Affleck is an even more bankable star than I previously thought. I guessed $20 million for the first weekend, which actually turned out to be on the high-end of most other predictions in the marketplace and it still wasn't enough to secure me a win. Sheesh. Anyway, the film brought in a very healthy $25 million off of a $40 million budget. I enjoyed the film enough but audiences seemed to dig it even more, so it might be in for a high multiplier by the end of its run. I'd say the movie makes around $75-80 million by the time it exits theaters.
Kevin Hart: What Now? (Universal)
Predicted: $10 million
Actual: $12 million
I was sooo close on this one, which makes this sting just a little bit more. Kevin Hart: What Now? did a little bit better than his previous concert show which means his star is still rising. I thought that $10 million was a safe bet for this one and that it might actually be on the higher end, but no. If this concert movie plays out like his last one it will make three times its opening weekend, which would bring its total to around $36 million by the time it's finished. I personally don't think it will hold up quite as well. I predict that Kevin Hart's latest makes it to around $33 million by the time its done.
Max Steel (Open Road Films)
Predicted: $8 milllion
Actual: $2 million
How did this bomb so hard? I know it had virtually zero buzz but I figured some would turn up for it. The effects didn't look too bad and it really didn't look THAT awful, just entirely generic. Then again, maybe that's why nobody showed up. Who wants to be bored in the theater? I predicted $8 million and thought that was fairly reasonable. Even if it made $8 million it would still be a dud, which is just sad. Max Steel will be lucky to make it to $6 million. I predict it drops like a rock and makes it to just $4-5 million.
The Girl on the Train had a seemingly big drop of 50% this weekend which normally would indicate weaker legs, but I actually think this film will hold up just fine. I feel like it had increased excitement upon release due to fans of the book, and now its fallen back down to earth. The movie brought in around $12 million for the weekend and has surpassed its budget of $45 million with a $46 million total so far.
The Birth of a Nation had a steep drop of 60% to $2.7 million. Not a good sign for the Nate Turner film moving forward. The movie has made $12.2 million thus far and won't make it too much farther past $15 million by the end of its run. Good thing it only cost $11 million to produce. MIddle School: The Worst Years of My Life had a good hold only dropping 37%, but it didn't have a great opening. The film has made about $14 million so far and should make over $20 million by the time it's all wrapped up.
The Top Ten:
1. The Accountant - $25 million (NEW)
2. The Girl on the Train - $12 million (-50%)
3. Kevin Hart: What Now? - $12 million (NEW)
4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - $9 million (-41%)
5. Deepwater Horizon - $6.5 million (-44%)
6. Storks - $5.5 million (-32%)
7. The Magnificent Seven - $5 million (-42%)
8. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life - $4 million (-37%)
9. Sully - $3 million (-43%)
10. The Birth of a Nation - $3 million (-61%)
That wraps up this weekend's results! Check back in on Wednesday when I predict the opening weekends for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Ouija 2, Keeping Up with the Joneses and Boo! A Madea Halloween.
Source: Box Office Mojo