‘Miss Pere­grine’ bests ‘Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

NEW YORK » In a box-of­fice rar­ity, three ac­claimed, orig­i­nal films from stu­dios opened in the­aters over the week­end. Only one caught on. Tim Bur­ton’s lat­est fan­tas­ti­cal odd­ity, “Miss Pere­grine’s Home for Pe­cu­liar Chil­dren,” de­buted with $28.5 mil­lion, lead­ing North Amer­ica ticket sales, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day.

Peter Berg’s well-re­viewed dis­as­ter movie “Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon,” about the 2010 oil rig ex­plo­sion, how­ever, failed to tap North Amer­i­can movie­go­ers, open­ing with an es­ti­mated $20.6 mil­lion. And Dis­ney’s up­lift­ing chess prodigy tale “Queen of Katwe,” star­ring David Oyelowo and Lupita Ny­ong’o, brought in a dis­mal $2.6 mil­lion in its na­tional ex­pan­sion.

Orig­i­nal­ity, that of­ten lamented miss­ing in­gre­di­ent in stu­dio prod­ucts, can lead to box of­fice suc­cess, just as it can dis­ap­point­ment. For 20th Cen­tury Fox, the draw of “Miss Pere­grine’s Home for Pe­cu­liar Chil­dren” was pred­i­cated on the idio­syn­crasy of Bur­ton fun­neled into an ac­ces­si­ble tale, adapted from Ran­som Rigg’s pop­u­lar young-adult novel.

“It val­i­dates the whole no­tion of why we made this film, which is some­thing that’s very orig­i­nal and cre­ative,” said Chris Aron­son, pres­i­dent of do­mes­tic dis­tri­bu­tion at Fox. “At least I feel that that’s what au­di­ences are look­ing for. There’s some fa­tigue with the same old, same old. And if there’s any­thing this movie isn’t, it’s that.”

The film cost $110 mil­lion to make, mean­ing it will need a strong per­for­mance over­seas to be prof­itable. It started out with $36.5 mil­lion in 59 mar­kets. Re­gard­less, it’s a come­back of sorts for Bur­ton at the box of­fice. It’s his best open­ing since 2012’s lack­lus­ter “Dark Shad­ows.”

Lion­s­gate’s “Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon,” star­ring Mark Wahlberg, also cost at least $110 mil­lion to make, yet it only man­aged $20.6 mil­lion in its de­but.

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