‘The Girl on the Train’ Headed Full Steam Ahead for $26.5 Million Weekend
DreamWorks Pictures murder mystery “The Girl on the Train,” starring Emily Blunt, is on track to easily top this weekend’s box office with $26.5 million.
Earning $9.4 million on Friday, the adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel of the same name revolves around a troubled and eccentric divorcée (Blunt) who inserts herself into a missing persons case.
Trackers had the thriller topping $30 million earlier in the week, though studio estimates from Universal, the film’s distributor, were more conservative, predicting it would safely exceeding $20 million in box office receipts.
“The Girl on the Train” was directed by Tate Taylor, who helmed the Oscar-winning film “The Help,” which was also based on a book.
Slavery epic “The Birth of a Nation” won’t fare as well, with the latest projections now set lower than initial estimates of $9 million in opening weekend grosses. Now, the movie will be lucky to clear $8 million once the weekend comes to a close.
“The Birth of a Nation,” produced for a reported $10 million, stars Parker as Nat Turner, who led a 48-hour slave rebellion against his white masters. Armie Hammer and Aja Naomi King co-star alongside Jackie Earle Haley and Jayson Warner Smith. It will have trouble finishing in the top five, tracking behind holdover, the animated “Storks.”