Magazine article Screen International

'Girl on the Train' Rides to Number One in North America (Update)

Magazine article Screen International

'Girl on the Train' Rides to Number One in North America (Update)

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The Girl On The Train led a slow weekend at the North American box office - as Hurricane Matthew affected attendance in several southeastern states - with a three-day gross of $24.5m from 3,144 theatres.

Based on the popular Paula Hawkins novel and starring Emily Blunt, the DreamWorks production, distributed by Universal under its new deal with DreamWorks co-founder Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners, performed at the lower end of its expected range after getting a 44% score from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

The Birth Of A Nation, director Nate Parker's drama about an 1831 slave rebellion, opened in sixth place on the chart with $7m (also at the lower end of its predicted range) from 2,105 theatres.

Picked up by Fox Searchlight after its premiere at Sundance, the film has benefitted from awards buzz and strong reviews (leading to a 79% Rotten Tomatoes score) but has recently been hit by the controversy surrounding a 1999 rape case involving Parker, who was acquitted in 2001.

The weekend's other new release, children's comedy Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life, opened in seventh place with an estimated $6.9m. Based on the first of a series of novels from James Patterson, the CBS Films/Lionsgate release got a 59% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Last weekend's top film, Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, took an estimated $15.1m, down 48% from its debut, for a total of $51.2m and second place on the chart.

Lionsgate's Deepwater Horizon, which also made its debut last weekend, was down 43% to $11. …

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