Ben Affleck's 'The Accountant' Debuts Atop Box Office, 'Kevin Hart: What Now?' Opens Strong at No. 2

Affleck's action thriller tops the North American box office with $24.7 million debut, while Hart's live stand-up comedy movie is coming in second with $11.8 million.

AceShowbiz - "The Accountant" easily tops the North American box office in its debut weekend with $24.7 million. The Warner Bros. action thriller has got negative reviews with just 51|percent| of critics liking it on, but it has received an A grade at CinemaScore.

"The marketing for this movie showed it to be a smart action movie with Ben Affleck. That combination worked for audiences this weekend," says senior media analyst for comScore Paul Dergarabedian. "And it's the audience paying the bills."

Also making its debut in U.S. theaters this weekend is Universal's "Kevin Hart: What Now?". Receiving a 78|percent| positive critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- from audiences at CinemaScore, *Kevin Hart's live stand-up comedy movie is coming in second with $11.8 million.

"It doesn't matter what the rank, Kevin Hart is a profit machine," Dergarabedian says. "Hart is the rare movie star working today that can open a scripted comedy and fill a theater with stand-up comedy."

The two strong newcomers overthrow last week's champion and runner-up, *"The Girl on the Train (2016)" and "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" respectively. Emily Blunt's psychological thriller drops to the third spot with another $12.2 million, while Eva Green's fantasy movie falls to the fourth place with $9 million.

Rounding out the top five is "Deepwater Horizon". The oil-rig thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hudson collects $6.4 million in its third week at the domestic box office.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for October 14-16:

  1. "The Accountant" - $24.7 million
  2. *"The Girl on the Train (2016)" - $12.2 million
  3. *"Kevin Hart: What Now?" - $11.8 million
  4. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" - $9 million
  5. "Deepwater Horizon" - $6.4 million
  6. "Storks" - $5.7 million
  7. "The Magnificent Seven" - $5.2 million
  8. "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" - $4.3 million
  9. "Sully" - $2.9 million
  10. "The Birth of a Nation" - $2.7 million
UPDATE (October 17, 2016): *When the final figures came out on Monday, October 17, it was revealed that "Kevin Hart: What Now?" earned $11.8 million to debut on the third place, giving up the runner-up spot to "The Girl on the Train (2016)".

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