Miss Peregrine and her odd assortment of children found a peculiar new home this weekend: at the top of the box office.
Real estate agents will tell you that a good property buy is all about location, location, location, and Miss Peregrine’s place has a view to practically turn into a bird for. From this box office vantage point, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children can look down upon its neighbors, Deepwater Horizon and The Magnificent Seven. Why this feminine falcon can even watch Storks fly out yonder … hopefully a good distance away from where Sully is once again trying to make a water landing.
The price? Just $28.5 million. Sure, that may sound like a lot of money, but keep in mind that Captain America bought the same box office lot for $179.1 million back in the first week of May to wage his Civil War. It’s all about timing in this entertainment neighborhood. And come October, you can pick up a top-notch box office property on the cheap.
Mark Wahlberg’s Deepwater Horizon settled into its No. 2 abode for $20.6 million—a fine piece of property, despite the ever-present threat of explosions and flooding. Meanwhile, last week’s champion, The Magnificent Seven, moved down to third with $15.7 million. Sure, the view isn’t quite so magnificent from there, but the Western remake has still managed to clear $61.6 million in fewer than two weeks worth of work, and that’ll buy a lot of lead.
Storks flapped its way to fourth place with $13.8 million, while former champ Sully continues to land just inside the Top Five with $8.4 million. Those two holdovers spoiled the debut of Masterminds, the weekend’s third new release (the other two being Miss Peregrine and Deepwater Horizon, of course). The comedy starring Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig stumbled to just $6.6 million, well outside the walls of the Top Five’s gated community. Meanwhile, Disney’s Queen of Katwe—the best flick of the bunch, as far as I’m concerned—landed in the low-rent district of seventh place with $2.6 million.
Of course, Phiona Mutesi—the chess-playing protagonist of Queen—knows something about thriving in bad neighborhoods. Perhaps she’ll land a better lot next week.
Final figures update: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, $28.9 million; 2. Deepwater Horizon, $20 million; 3. The Magnificent Seven, $15.6 million; 4. Storks, $13.5 million; 5. Sully, $8.3 million.