Ben Affleck has returned to the top of the box office in his latest film, The Accountant, which will earn approximately $25 million across 3,222 locations in North America in its opening weekend.
On Friday, combined with early screenings on Thursday night, The Accountant earned $9.1 million.
The Accountant carries a modest budget of $40 million. The Accountant is already exceeding expectations, having been projected for an opening weekend box office high of $20 million.
ComicBook.com's own Kofi Outlaw gave The Accountant a positive review, saying, "The Accountant is a rare thing to see these days: a character-driven story that's worth the time and investment to watch."
The Accountant nearly doubled the performance if its closest opening weekend competitor, concert movie Kevin Hart: What Now?, which will earn $12.4 million across 2,568 locations. Kevin Hart: What Now? Earned $4.8 million on Friday.
Max Steel, a sci-fi film adaptation of the superhero action figure, will score an anemic $2 million opening weekend over 2,034 screens, after earning a paltry $600,000 on Friday.
Last week's box office winner, The Girl on the Train, should finish just behind The Accountant, with $24.5 million over its second weekend.
Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children drops to fourth place with $8.6 million, bringing its box office total up to $65 million. Check out our review of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.0comments
In The Accountant, Christian Wolff is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.
The Accountant is directed by Gavin O'Connor, written by Bill Dubuque, and stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow.