Box Office: Ben Affleck's 'The Accountant' Takes $1.4 Million Thursday

The Hollywood Reporter

Ben Affleck's latest starring vehicle, action-thriller The Accountant, added up $1.4 million Thursday night while stand-up comedy film Kevin Hart: What Now? earned $739,000 in previews.

Warner Bros.' The Accountant, helmed by Gavin O'Connor, is tracking to earn between $15 million and $20 million in its domestic debut. Affleck stars as an accountant who helps the mob with their books, but soon finds himself in the middle of the mobsters and the Treasury Department.

Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons and John Lithgow also star in the film, which cost just under $40 million to make.

Kevin Hart: What Now?, a new Universal film from the comedian, follows the final performance of his wildly successful stand-up comedy tour at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field in August 2015, along with a dress rehearsal. It's projected to debut in the $13 million-$15 million range from roughly 2,500 theaters. Hart's previous stand-up film, 2013's Let Me Explain, earned a strong $32.3 million, the third-best showing of all time for a stand-up comedy movie.

Leslie Small and Tim Story directed What Now?, which blends some fictional storylines, like Hart playing a Bond-like spy accompanied by sidekick Halle Berry, with Hart's stand-up performance.

Also opening wide this weekend is Max Steel, based on Mattel's toy action figures. The film, from Dolphin Films and Mattel, is looking at a modest opening in the $4 million-$6 million range, according to predictions.

The sci-fi adventure film follows teen Max McGrath and his alien companion, Steel, who combine their new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged Max Steel. The unlikely friends struggle to accept their oddly connected fates as they battle evil forces threatening mankind.

Stewart Hendler directed based on a script by Christopher Yost. It stars Ben Winchell, Ana Villafane, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello and Billy Slaughter.