It’s been a while since Tim Burton flexed his box-office muscles, but the release of his latest “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” showed that his unique stories can still draw audiences.
The movie, release by Fox, won the weekend with an estimated $28.5 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This marks the first opening-weekend win for a Burton movie since the 2010 hit “Alice in Wonderland,” which went on to make over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
Despite the strong start, it’s unlikely “Peculiar Children,” which is based on the best-selling young-adult novel of the same name written by Ranson Riggs, will do that kind of business but for Burton and Fox, who haven’t had many big winners this year outside of “Deadpool.”
Another strong performer over the weekend was “Deepwater Horizon,” which proved to be a bigger earner than Lionsgate anticipated, as it came in second place with $20.6 million.
Based on the 2010 offshore-drilling-rig explosion that led to the worst oil spill in US history, the Peter Berg-directed/Mark Wahlberg-starring socially conscious drama was fueled by an 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.