Oct 11, 2016

    Girl On The Train chugs to No. 1 in N. America


    PSYCHOLOGICAL thriller The Girl On The Train topped the North American box office in its opening weekend with US$24.7 million (S$33.9 million) in revenue, an industry group said on Sunday.

    Emily Blunt plays a depressed, alcoholic divorcee who witnesses something odd as she rides a train and ends up launching a missing-person investigation.

    The flick from Universal is based on a best-selling novel by British author Paula Hawkins.

    It unseated from first place Tim Burton's fantasy tale Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, which dropped to second at US$15 million.

    Its cumulative total in its second week in theatres stands at US$51.1 million, said industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

    Burton's latest movie chronicles a headmistress (Eva Green) at an orphanage in Wales full of youngsters with magical powers.

    Dropping from second to third was Mark Wahlberg's oil-rig thriller Deepwater Horizon, from Lionsgate, at US$11.8 million.

    The film - directed by Peter Berg and also starring Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson and Gina Rodriguez - follows the 2010 Transocean and BP oil-rig explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico.