'The Accountant' cruises to the top box office spot

The Ben Affleck thriller earned an estimated $24.7 million from Friday through Sunday to debut in first place.

On the other hand, Kevin Hart's "What Now?" won the second place for the Weekend Box Office with a debut income of $11.98 million. But as law enforcement bears down on him, he takes on what he thinks is a legitimate client but finds the numbers don't add up, which leads him on a hunt for the missing money.

Though it didn't stick its landing with critics, Affleck's The Accountant, directed by Gavin O'Connor, pulled in an estimated $24.7 million from 3,332 screens to top the domestic chart.

The movie co-stars J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Anna Kendrick, and Jeffrey Tambor. Max Steel bombed hard at the U.S. box office, struggling to barely even scratch together $2.1 million.

Warner-based Affleck has a strong track record in dramas with 2010's "The Town", which grossed US$154 million worldwide; 2012's Best Picture Oscar victor "Argo", with US$232 million worldwide; and 2014's "Gone Girl", with US$369 million worldwide. The Cinemascore was much better, coming in at an A, slicing Argo's A+ and Gone Girl's B. That's a solid score for a film that is polarizing critics and could keep legs going next weekend, when four films clog up nearly 12,000 venues. Although The Accountant didn't do great with the critics, as its 50% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes will attest, as has been the trend this year it didn't really seem to matter.

In a list published by Digital Trends, the comedy, "Kevin Hart: What Now" is not even halfway close to the second spot with $11.98 million.

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Leslie Small and Tim Story directed What Now, which blends some fictional storylines, like Hart playing a Bond-like spy accompanied by sidekick Halle Berry, with Hart's stand-up performance.

Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children landed in fourth place in its third week with $8.9 million.

Mark Wahlberg's oil-rig thriller "Deepwater Horizon" from Lionsgate came in at number five with $6.4 million. After staying No. 1 for two weeks, the film has generated more than $118 million in domestic ticket sales.

Now in its 2nd frame, filmmaker Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation is struggling badly.

"Sully", $3 million ($1.3 million international). Joining that group will be Paramount's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and the studio's comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses.

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