IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The film, which first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, brought all the big-budget flare of an action movie (including a nearly life-size replica of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig) to the April 2010 explosion, which killed 11 men and for weeks spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
The film’s performance is another blow for the struggling Lionsgate, which has had difficulty finding hits since “The Hunger Games” saga finished. Its stock price has fallen and the departure of its movie chief Rob Friedman was announced last month. It does however have a film, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” due later this year, that’s expected to be an Oscar favorite.
Audiences have had a surprising amount of adult-driven options at the multiplex of late, including another true tale, Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” (up to $105.4 million in four weeks), and the Denzel Washington-led Western remake, “The Magnificent Seven,” which slid to third place with $15.7 million in its second week.
“Queen of Katwe,” directed by Mira Nair, tried to lure family audiences to the inspiring true story of a chess player from the Ugandan slums. But the Disney release took in just $2.6 million on 1,242 screens after first debuting it on 52 screens last week.
In this image released by 20th Century Fox, from left, Lauren McCrostie, Pixie Davies, Cameron King, Thomas and Joseph Odwell and Ella Purnell appear in a scene from, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”. In a crowded autumn weekend at the box office, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” came out on top.