Entertainment

Affleck's 'The Accountant' scores big numbers at weekend box office

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, according to studio estimates Sunday. Although "The Accountant," which cost a reported $40 million to produce, didn't quite hit the heights of the $37.5 million opening of "Gone Girl," it is in the range of some of his other R-rated fall openings with the studio. "The Accountant" also far surpassed Warner Bros.' early predictions for the film, which had it in the $15 to $20 million range.

We're in the Ben Affleck business, and we're proud of it. ... Audiences just love him.

Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution

The weekend's other new star-driven project, "Kevin Hart: What Now?" narrowly took second place over last week's champ "The Girl on the Train." The Kevin Hart concert film, which Universal Pictures distributed, took in $11.98 million. In third place, "The Girl on the Train" netted $11.975 million for Universal, bringing its domestic total to $46.6 million. Holdovers "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" and "Deepwater Horizon" rounded out the top five with $8.9 million and $6.4 million, respectively.

Summarized by

$2.2M

Bomb of the week

The weekend's other new opener, the Mattel-inspired "Max Steel," bombed with only $2.2 million.

Ben Affleck

Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt(born August 15, 1972), better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor and filmmaker. He began his career as a child actor, starring in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi(1984, 1988).