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.