IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

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.

JAY MAIDMENT — 20TH CEN­TURY FOX VIA AP, FILE

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.

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