Oct 18, 2016

    Affleck's Accountant banks $34.3m in N. America


    FINANCIAL thriller

    The Accountant tallied US$24.7 million

    (S$34.3 million) in earnings to score No. 1 at the North American box office in its debut week, an industry group estimated on Sunday.

    The Warner Bros film centres on an autistic mathematics savant who capitalises on his fondness for numbers by becoming an undercover forensic accountant for criminal organisations.

    Starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick, the film opened to mixed reviews but yielded more than forecasters expected.

    Stand-up comedy flick Kevin Hart: What Now?

    by Universal drew in US$11.98 million in its opening weekend, narrowly edging psychological thriller The Girl On The Train to nab second place, according to Exhibitor Relations.

    The third-place film took in US$11.97 million, dropping from its first-place finish last week.

    The Universal movie, based on a best-selling novel, stars Emily Blunt

    as a depressed, alcoholic divorcee who witnesses something odd as she rides

    a commuter train and

    ends up launching a missing-person investigation.