Girl on a Train Chugs to No. 1

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Welp, there goes the neighborhood.

Just one week after Miss Peregrine found a nice home at No. 1 for herself and her strange little waifs, a train with a girl on it set down its own tracks, raced to the top of the box office and got ol’ Miss P. evicted. The Girl on the Train coasted into the No. 1 station with an estimated $24.7 million, leaving Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in the dust.

Miss Peregrine did clear $15 million to finish second—still enough to keep that girl with the mouth on the back of her head well supplied with turkey drumsticks for the near future. The Tim Burton-directed fantasy has now earned around $51.1 million stateside, and its worldwide gross now stands at a dandy $145.1 million.

Despite two major new releases, the rest of the Top Five was populated with holdovers. Deepwater Horizon pumped another $11.8 million into its coffers, while The Magnificent Seven collected about $9.2 million. Storks feathered its No. 5 nest with 8.5 million dollar bills.

The Birth of a Nation experienced a difficult delivery into the box office tourney. The controversial flick banked just $7.1 million to finish sixth—a bit below expectations, according to Box Office Mojo. Meanwhile, no bell curve could save Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. The flick was, according to our reviewer Adam Holz, almost as bad as the middle school years themselves. Audiences certainly didn’t feel the need to take a two-hour sojourn to seventh grade: It earned just $6.9 million to finish, appropriately enough, seventh.

Finding Dory finished waaay down in the box office tourney, earning just $346,000 in its 17th weekend of release. So why mention it? Dory also swam past the $1 billion mark globally—the third movie to make a cool B worldwide this year. The forgetful finster trails Captain America: Civil War ($1.153 billion) and Zootopia ($1.024 billion) and sits just ahead of The Jungle Book ($966.2 million) on the worldwide list.

What do all those films have in common, incidentally? They’re all made by Disney. And I think that when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story pops up Dec. 16, the Mouse House could finish the year with a clean, Top Five sweep. That kind of cash’ll stoke a lotta steamboats, Willie.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Posted by First Comment Guy


I'm happy for Disney that they currently are receiving huge amounts of success. And it sounds like they earned it because unlike some big money making movies (looking at you Transformers), all four of those movies were all got great reviews. I'm a very big Pixar fan, and it makes me smile to see family friendly movies being successful.

Jonathan Vasgar More than 1 year ago
It is nice to see family  films do well. I wish more of them were. Too many films could be good thrillers, but stoop into filth for no reason. (Girl on the Train is a great example. We didn't need the swearing, sex, or blood and would've still been good.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by Peggy Carter

Yay for other Pixar fans! Thought I was one of the only ones left of a dying race. ;)