The Accountant Adds It Up

$24.7M for Ben Affleck in his latest thriller
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 16, 2016 11:36 AM CDT
The Accountant Adds It Up
Ben Winchell in a scene from "Max Steel."   (Uncredited)

Ben Affleck is still a box office draw outside of the bat suit. His new thriller The Accountant opened to a chart-topping $24.7 million this weekend, reports the AP, according to studio estimates Sunday. Gavin O'Connor directed the R-rated thriller, starring Affleck as an autistic mathematician. Audiences were 58% male and gave the film an "A'' CinemaScore. "The marketing for this movie showed it to be a smart action movie with Ben Affleck," a comScore analyst tells USA Today. "That combination worked for audiences this weekend."

The comedy concert film Kevin Hart: What Now? debuted in second place with $11.98 million, marking a minuscule edge over last week's champ The Girl on the Train, which netted $11.975 million. The films could easily switch places when final numbers come in on Monday. Holdovers Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and Deepwater Horizon rounded out the top five. The weekend's other new opener, the Mattel-inspired Max Steel, bombed with only $2.2 million. (More box office stories.)

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