Weekend Box Office: Ben Affleck’s Murderous Accountant Movie Is Number One


Warner Bros.’ thriller “The Accountant” debut at first place in the box office this weekend, beating Kevin Hart’s new comedy to the second.

“The Accountant” starring Ben Affleck alongside Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons pulled in $9.1 million on Friday (including $1.35 million from earlier previews), another $9.5 million on Saturday, and $6.1 million Sunday to reach $24.7 million for the weekend.

In “The Accountant” Affleck plays Christian Wolff, leading a double life as a freelance accountant for criminal organizations. But as law enforcement bears down on him, he takes on what he thinks is a legitimate client but finds the numbers don’t add up, which leads him on a hunt for the missing money. Critics were split down the middle in their reviews, with 51 percent positive, according to Rottentomatoes.com.

Affleck’s previous films with the Warner Bros. include 2014’s Gone Girl, which took $37.5m (£30.7m) on its opening weekend, and Argo, which launched with $19.5m (£16m) in 2012 and went on to win the best picture Oscar.

October 14-16 US Box Office:

  • The Accountant — $24.7 million (week one)
  • Kevin Hart: What Now?–$11.984 million (week one)
  • The Girl on the Train –$11.975 million(week two)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children — $8.9 million (week three)
  • Deepwater Horizon– $6.35 million (week 3)
  • Storks — $5.6M (week four)
  • Magnificent Seven– $5.2 million (week four)
  • Middle School — $4.25 million(week two)
  • Sully– $2.96 million (week 6)
  • Birth of a Nation

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