Ben Affleck’s The Accountant tops box office with nearly $25 million weekend opening and great audience rating.
Beyond everyone’s expectations and expert predictions, the Ben Affleck starrer The Accountant raced ahead in its opening weekend to claim the number one spot. Over-performing, the movie brought in an estimated $24.7 million over the weekend.
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Combined with $88.5 million from worldwide release, the movie is way ahead of last week’s highest scorer, The Girl on the Train starring Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Alison Janey and Luke Evans. The female centric movie won the top spot with the last weekend's $24.5 million opening.
The movie was third this weekend with $11.97 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo. Just a few point shy away from the number two movie this weekend, Kevin Hart’s comedy, Kevin Hart: What Now? hauling in $11.98 million.
The Accountant did fairly better than Girl on the Train this weekend in terms of Cinemascore rating of A- by the audience compared to the B- Cinemascore. The movie also has 51% on Rotten Tomatoes which might be considered a low score but it is surely doing well compared to Girl on a Train.
Many experts are also sensing a pattern here. The Fall movies have actually done pretty well than expected in experts’ opinion. Movies which may not have done so well with the critics or even were not expected to earn beyond the $20 million score like The Accountant easily made it past the mark.
All of these movies have promoted the main actors and it can be believed that these actors are hauling these movies easily with the audience. Starting with Tom Hanks in Sully, Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven and now Ben Affleck in The Accountant.
With Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back scheduled to release next weekend, the theory will be put to test with Tom Hanks’ closing the season with Dan Brown’s Inferno.