DreamWorks Pictures The Girl on the Train, a film noir with some preposterous twists, knocked Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children off the rails and it coasted into the station in first place at the domestic box office. Emily Blunt stars as Rachel, a woman who drinks a lot and cries as much. She also stares out of a commuter train at the house she used to share with Tom (Justin Theroux) who now lives with Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) and their child. She stares as much at Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans), a married couple who tend to make love whenever Rachel’s train runs by. Until one day Rachel becomes suspected of murder after waking up bruised and battered the night after one of her neighbors was killed. The victim is Megan and Blunt’s character comes under suspicion from her ex husband’s wife, Ann.
Girl on the Train was adapted from a hit 2015 novel of the same name. The studio actually bought the film rights in 2014 after catching wind of publishers’ bidding war for the novel, and rushed production to coincide with the anticipated fanfare. It opened to $24.6 million at home. This is the DreamWorks’ first distribution collaboration with Universal after their recent split with Disney. It made $16.5 million overseas, most of which came from a big $8.5 million opening in Blunt’s native UK. Australia was worth $4.4 million, and it will move into more major markets including Brazil, Germany, and France in the coming weeks.
While it may have slid off the tracks at home, Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children finished its route in record time on the international circuit. It came in ahead of the competition with a $42.6 million take from 76 territories in its sophomore frame. It jumped up 21% in South Korea and scored a $5.9 million second to reach a local cume of $14.9 million. New market Russia was worth $5.8 million, while France opened with $5.4 million.
Deepwater Horizon meanwhile missed a few strokes on its return lap and finished third in the US and Canada with $11 million. Its 47% drop was to be expected given the state of the field. With dates now playing in 70 markets, its international presence is more or less established. It made $10.6 million, including a big $1.4 million debut in Taiwan and has now hit an overseas cume of $27.8 million. Its combined figure is now hovering around $66.3 million. This may be of concern to its producers, given its $110+ million budget.
Still on the international scene, Chinese action flic Operation Mekong had a big $26.5 million showing in its second week in theatres. This film from director Dante Lam is based on the true story of a group of Chinese sailors who were killed by Golden Triangle drug runners in northern Thailand in 2011. It tells the story of a covert operation to find their murderers and shut down their operation. Mekong now has a cume of $96.5 million including plays across east and Southeast Asia.
Bridget Jones Baby is inching its way towards $150 million global, finishing the frame just short at $147.3 million, and Finding Dory finally tiptoed past the billion-dollar mark.
Next weekend we’ll keep an eye on sequels: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, that will also be a test of Tom Cruise’s star power, and Ouija: Origin of Evil and Boo! A Madea Halloween.
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