Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is winning the Friday box office race ahead of Pete Berg’s disaster epic Deepwater Horizon for a projected $25 million-$27 million weekend, according to early returns.
For the day, Miss Peregrine’s is pacing to collect roughly $9 million from 3,522 theaters, including $1.8 million in Thursday-night previews.
Weekend projections for Deepwater Horizon range anywhere from $18 million to $22 million, including a $7 million Friday. The movie, playing in 3,259 locations, reunites Berg with his Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg.
Miss Peregrine’s and Deepwater Horizon are expensive outings, each costing $110 million to make.
Deepwater Horizon, from Lionsgate and Participant Media, recounts the real-life oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Walhberg stars opposite Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson and Gina Rodriguez in the film, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival earlier in September.
New comedy Masterminds is currently bombing. Projections show the film — the first major release from Relativity since Ryan Kavanaugh’s company emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy — opening in the $5 million-$7 million range from 3,042 locations. The film stars Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudekis.