September has proven to be quite the difficult month for box office predictions, with three newcomers under-performing two weeks ago, and last weekend's winner The Magnificent Seven over-performing to win with $34.7 million. This weekend, three newcomers arrive to close out the month, 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Lionsgate's Deepwater Horizon and Relativity's Masterminds. Only one can take home the box office crown, and we're predicting that movie will be Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Box Office Mojo reports that Miss Peregrine will debut in roughly 3,400 theaters this weekend, with Deepwater Horizon opening in an estimated 3,000 theaters while Masterminds is set to open in roughly 2,800 theaters. While there is no Rotten Tomatoes score for Masterminds, both Miss Peregrine (62% Fresh) and Deepwater Horizon (89% Fresh) are faring quite well with the critics thus far. We're predicting that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will come out on top this weekend with $32.4 million.
We're predicting that Deepwater Horizon will debut in second place with $24.6 million, but, given the overwhelmingly positive reviews it's received thus far, it's possible that there could be a closer race between this movie and Miss Peregrine, but we won't find out for sure until Sunday morning. We're predicting that last weekend's winner, The Magnificent Seven, the Western remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, will drop to second place this weekend with $18.2 million, with the top 5 rounded out by Storks with $13.6 million and Sully with $8.2 million.
From director Tim Burton and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale. Sixteen-year-old Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive. The ensemble cast for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children includes Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Kim Dickens, Allison Janney and Ella Purnell.
On April 20th, 2010, one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone's lives forever. The cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O'Brien, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich and Ilan Srulovicz.
In this action comedy inspired by true events, Masterminds, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.
Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash...Only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.
The top 10 will be rounded out by Masterminds ($7.2 million), Bridget Jones's Baby ($2.8 million), Snowden ($2.1 million), Blair Witch ($1.9 million), Don't Breathe ($1.7 million), Suicide Squad ($1.2 million). Also opening in limited release this weekend is A24's American Honey, First Run's Among the Believers, Freestyle Releasing's Clinton Inc., Magnolia's Danny Says, Bleecker Street's Denial, Vanish Films' Do Not Resist, Starz Media's comedy Flock of Dudes, FilmRise's Harry & Snowman, China Lion's I Belonged to You, FIP's M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Music Box Films' A Man Called Ove and Well Go USA"s Operation MeKong. It isn't known if any of these films will expand in the weeks ahead.
Looking ahead to next weekend, three newcomers will open in wide release, Fox Searchlight's drama The Birth of a Nation, Universal's thriller The Girl On the Train and Lionsgate's comedy Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Also opening in limited release is Rialto's The Battle of Algiers, Strand's Being 17, Shout! Factory's Blinky Bill, The Orchard's Blue Jay, FilmRise's The Greasy Strangler, Cinestaan's Mirzya, Vertical Entertainment's Under the Shadow, Arc Entertainment's documentary Torchbearer, ArtAffects' Voiceless and IMAX's Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience. Take a look at our projected top 10, and check back on Sunday for the box office estimates.