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Thriller "The Accountant" debuts to be No.1 at North American box office

Xinhua, October 17, 2016 Adjust font size:

Warner Bros.' thriller "The Accountant" debut at first place in the box office this weekend, beating Kevin Hart's new comedy to the second.

The numbers are adding up nicely for "The Accountant." Starring Ben Affleck alongside Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons, the thriller hauled in an estimated 24.7 million U.S. dollars at 3,332 locations, in its debut weekend to take the top spot in North American movie theaters this weekend, according to preliminary figures released by comScore on Sunday.

Earning an average "A" from first-night moviegoers on CinemaScore and a so-so 50 percent of approval rate from critics on RottenTomatoes, "The Accountant" debuts 27 percent above the 19.45 million opening of fellow Ben Affleck autumn-released thriller "Argo" in 2012, and 7.5 percent below the 26.7 million inflation-adjusted opening for Affleck's autumn-released thriller "The Town" in 2010, according to box office pro.

"The Accountant" played to an audience that was 58 percent male vs. 42 percent female and 86 percent was over the age of 25.

Kevin Hart's latest stand-up comedy film took second place. "Kevin Hart: What Now?" pulled in 11.98 million dollars in its first weekend in 2,567 theaters in the United States and Canada.

"The Girl On The Train" -- last weekend's top-grossing film - was third, with 11.97 million dollars in its second week of release. The film has grossed over 46.5 million dollars in ten days, surpassing its 45 million budget.

The Tim Burton feature, "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children," was fourth with 8.9 million dollars in its third week.

"Deepwater Horizon" was fifth in its third week with 6.35 million dollars.

Rounding out the rest top 10 movies were "Storks" (5.6 million), "The Magnificent Seven" (5.2 million), "Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life" (4.25 million), "Sully" (2.96 million) and "The Birth Of A Nation" (2.71 million). Endit