Peculiar Children Rules as Deepwater Sinks
Tim Burton scores another win
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2016 11:44 AM CDT
Lauren McCrostie, Pixie Davies, Cameron King, Thomas and Joseph Odwell and Ella Purnell appear in "Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children."   (Jay Maidment/20th Century Fox via AP, File)
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(Newser) – Tim Burton's latest fantastical oddity, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, debuted with a hefty $28.5 million, while Peter Berg's acclaimed disaster movie Deepwater Horizon failed to tap North American moviegoers, reports the AP. In a crowded autumn weekend at the box office, Miss Peregrine came out on top. But the 20th Century Fox release, adapted from Ransom Riggs' fantasy novel, cost $110 million to make, meaning it will need a strong performance overseas, too.

But Deepwater Horizon, starring Mark Wahlberg, cost even more to produce and featured a nearly life-size replica of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Yet the Lionsgate release managed only $20.6 million. Last week's top film, The Magnificent Seven, slid to third with $15.7 million it is second week. Storks took fourth with $13.8 million, and Sully slid to fifth with $8.4 million, reports USA Today. Masterminds, starring Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis, flopped with a $6.6 million debut.