Tim Burton took home the glory at the box office this weekend with his new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The movie about children with special powers or “peculiarities” hit 3,522 theaters on Friday, September 30 and has already raked in $28.5 million, more than any other film that debuted this weekend. Burton’s new flick had a budget of $110 million and was produced by FOX and Chernin Entertainment. This is the first time in six years that Burton has slayed the box office. His 2010 hit Alice in Wonderland trounced the competition, making over $116 million in its first weekend. Miss Peregrine is based on the book by Ransom Riggs, and focuses on a parallel universe where the same day is repeated over and over Groundhog Day-style. Unlike Burton’s other recent films, the creative and enchanting nature of the film reflects Burton’s treasured classics such as Beetlejuice, Mars Attacks!, Batman, and Ed Wood.
This weekend, Miss Peregrine beat out Deepwater Horizon, Pete Bergs depiction of the 2010 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, which placed second with $20.6 million playing at 3,259 cinemas. Masterminds, the Jared Hess-directed comedy about a couple of Loomis Fargo employees who rob their company’s cash vault, only took in $6.6 million. Yet, this weekend’s box office revenue fell short in comparison to last year’s when The Martian starring Matt Damon scored a $54.3 million debut.
Burtons success with Miss Peregrine might be a sign that he’s back in the swing of things since his duds like Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie. Perhaps his good fortune is due to the fact that this is one of his rare films where Johnny Depp doesn’t make an appearance. Although the film only received an overall B+ CinemaScore, it’s largely 25-years-old-and-under audience gave it an A-. Miss Peregrine also killed it in South Korea, randomly, where it made an estimated $5.19 million.
Although Burton has taken some creative license in his film adaptation, like inserting characters that didn’t exist in the book, this is the perfect movie for anybody who loves shapeshifters and time travel — and really, who doesn’t?